Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney can't wait to renew his partnership with Mexican magician Javier Hernandez.
'The Little Pea' missed the start of the Barclays Premier League season recovering from a head injury sustained during the tour of America, and has only just forced his way back into the first team fold.
An injury to Danny Welbeck in the 8-2 victory over Arsenal has shot Hernandez the front of a competitive queue to play alongside Rooney at Old Trafford, and the England international is confident Chicharito can repay the faith of Sir Alex Ferguson once again.
"He was a young lad in his first season and I probably didn't think he was going to play as many games as he did," Rooney told MUTV.
"Once he got into the team, he took his chance and the manager kept him in. He repaid the manager with goals and was brilliant for us last season - a big reason why we won the league.
"I'm looking forward to him doing the same, if not scoring more goals for us, this season."
The dreaded 'second season syndrome' is also something Rooney is confident his colleague can overcome, with defenders unlikely to be court so unaware of the talents Hernandez possesses.
However, the former Guadalajara star's work-rate away from the pitch is tipped to be key to his further progression with the Red Devils by Rooney, who revealed the pair have been working together after training to continue their development together.
"Of course people know about him now but, if you look at all the top players around the world, people know how they play and it's still difficult to stop them," Rooney continued.
"I'm sure people will know a bit more about him this year but his movement is so good it's difficult to defend against. It won't be easy for players to defend against him whether they know about him or not.
"He's a lovely lad who is great for us around the dressing room. Me and him do a lot of finishing after sessions to try and keep progressing and getting better.
"It's great to have a lad who has just come into the team, who speaks good English and is always smiling. It's great for him and for me to have someone like that. I think we can both learn from each other."
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