Sir Alex Ferguson expects Manchester United to see the best of Javier Hernandez this season after the Mexican was afforded an extended rest period over the summer.

Hernandez struggled last season to replicate the form he had shown during his first year at Old Trafford, with the Mexican's exploits at the Gold Cup blamed for a slow start campaign.

The 24-year-old made 36 appearances for United last term, compared to 45 the previous season, and often found himself behind Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck in Ferguson's selection order.

The Manchester United boss, however, believes Hernandez will be in peak condition when the new season begins in August, having been carefully managed over the summer months.

"I think this season we'll see a better Chicharito," Ferguson told Inside United.

"For the last four or five years he's played all through the summer. This year, with the co-operation of Mexico, he's had a proper rest. And that started right back in May when I decided not to take him to Belfast for the Harry Gregg testimonial.

"We wanted to give him as much rest as possible. He had a couple of weeks off and then joined the Mexico side for a couple of qualifying games before getting another few weeks' rest.

"That was important for him and I'm sure he'll reap the benefits. We've already seen the fruits of that in the early training sessions and I think he'll have a top season."

Ferguson was also keen to highlight Hernandez's qualities away from the pitch, with the Mexico international viewed as a key personality to have around at all times.

"He's such a good professional and such a fantastic personality," he added. "He just loves life and loves playing football. Every training session he buzzes around the place with a big smile."

Hernandez signed for United from Guadalajara for £6 million in the summer of 2010, and has scored 35 goals during his time with the club.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: