Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has lauded strike pair Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez after an impressive display at Bolton on Saturday.

'Chicharito' netted a brace for the Red Devils in his first start since recovering from a pre-season injury scare, whilst Rooney took his Barclays Premier League goal-tally to eight in four games with a second successive hat-trick.

Rooney's hat-trick put him level with Sir Bobby Charlton on seven trebles for the club, and Sir Alex Ferguson is in no doubt that the England striker can surpass the Manchester United legend.

"I think that's a fantastic achievement considering he's only 25 and he's got many years in front of him, so I'm sure he'll pass it," Ferguson told ESPN post-match.

"When players get to their mid-20s, there is more thought in their game.

"Their timing is better. Wayne's presence is good and he is looking fantastic."

The Scottish boss was also quick to praise 'the little pea', who again looked menacing in-front of goal after a stunning debut season in the league.


With Danny Welbeck succumbing to injury in the 8-2 win over Arsenal a fortnight ago, it's Hernandez who got the nod to partner Rooney in the starting line-up, and the performance certainly vindicated the decision of Ferguson.

"They're a constant threat, the movement and the pace they played at was truly first class for us," added the Scottish boss.

"Hernandez's movement, speed, imagination and presence within the game was terrific.

"He is a menace to any defender. Over the years the second season for players can be hard. But I never had any doubts."

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