ALEX FERGUSON says he will give Javier Hernandez a rest this summer after the Mexican’s incredible debut season.
Hernandez is once again expected to lead Manchester United’s attack at Blackburn tomorrow, when a single point will be enough to claim a record 19th league title with a game to spare.
The 22-year-old — dubbed the Little Pea — has starred over the past couple of months and took his tally to 20 for the season with the 36-second opener against Chelsea last week.
But by the time Hernandez has fulfilled his commitments for United and then appeared for his country at the Gold Cup in June, Ferguson accepts his striker will need a break.
So rather than pushing him straight on a pre-season tour of the United States, as he had planned, Hernandez will be allowed to put his feet up.
Fergie said: “Once he plays in the Gold Cup, Javier will be given a proper rest and we will take it up from there.
“His performances in training and in games suggests there is no tiredness at all, but we will keep monitoring that.
“If we get the result tomorrow he will get the rest. If we don’t then he will play next Sunday.”
Ferguson claims the return of key players over the last few weeks is partly responsible for United’s success.
He said: “The freshness of players coming back has helped us.
“Antonio Valencia and Ji-Sung Park are two, Anderson is another.
“There has been a lot of added impetus at an important time. Valencia’s form has been terrific, Park has done a magnificent job and Anderson has been doing really well also.
“It has been a real boost to us.”
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But that form has not triggered an improvement in United’s away performances.
In contrast to games at Old Trafford, where the champions-elect have dropped just two points in 18 games, Ferguson’s men have won just five times on enemy territory.
If they fail to win at Ewood Park tomorrow it will be the worst return of any title-winning side since Liverpool’s five wins in 1977.
Ferguson added: “We have been disappointing in some away games and thrown others away.
“There is no question our home form has won us the league. No one in Europe has that kind of record.
“But now is not a time to analyse. We are where we are. We are happy to win it any way and hopefully we will get the result now.”