Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has praised the phenomenal impact of new strike sensation Javier Hernandez, and has tipped the little Mexican for a long and prosperous career at Old Trafford.

As Ferdinand basks in the glory of his fifth Barclays Premier League title with United, he praised the contribution of the 'Little Pea', who capped an impressive debut season with a return of 20 senior goals.

The 22-year-old starlet has taken to England like a duck to water, settling in better than even Sir Alex Ferguson could have ever predicted.

Hernandez has received many plaudits for his fine displays this season, and got his just rewards for all the hard work, as United secured a record-breaking 19th top-flight title.

Ferdinand however, believes this is just the start for Hernandez, and says there is plenty more to come from the Red Devils' pocket-rocket.


"Javier has been phenomenal," he said. "It is not just his goals, but his movement, his all-round work ethic, his desire to be in the right positions and work hard.

"He is going to have a fantastic career, He has the mentality and the attitude for it."

After an impressive World Cup campaign last summer, Hernandez moved to Old Trafford for what now looks to be a bargain £8million fee.

He has already established himself as an important figure in Sir Alex's first team plans, and is set to lead the line again for Manchester United when they take on Barcelona in this year's Champions League final at Wembley on 28 May.

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