Danny Welbeck was seemingly the preferred option to partner Wayne Rooney up front and Hernandez struggled repeatedly with injuries. Still, with 12 goals over the course of the season, he finished our joint second highest scorer with Welbeck.
Sir Alex Ferguson reckons that Hernandez has been in desperate need of a summer break, following his exploits in the World Cup and Gold Cup over recent years, and reckons we’ll see an improved player next season.
“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. He’s such a good professional and such a fantastic personality.”