Rooney looking forward to partnership

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has admitted that he is looking forward to being reunited with strike partner Javier Hernandez, and feels the Mexico international can help him progress as a player.

The Central American had an exhilarating first season in England last term, exceeding expectations by scoring 20 goals for the Old Trafford outfit, and forming a formidable partnership with Rooney.

The England striker, who has started the 2011-12 season at a blistering pace without his accomplice, who has been injured, was full of praise for Hernandez.

“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,” he told MUTV.

“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.”

Chicharito was something of an unknown entity when he signed for The Red Devils from Guadalajara for £7million last summer, and despite Premier League defences making more of an effort to stop him this season, Rooney believes he will still be a threat to opponents.

“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.

“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 continued.

United have started the season well, moving to the top of the league with three wins out of three, and take on Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.

Fancy watching the Champions in style – sign up to 188Bet for an experience of a lifetime below