It's Chico time
IT'S Chico time -- and Alex Ferguson looks like the cat that got the cream. He has Wayne Rooney in the bag and scoring sensation Javier Hernandez snapping at his heels.
'Chicharito' banged in a double against dogged Stoke and gave Manchester United their first away win of the season at the Britannia Stadium, while Rooney stayed in Dubai nursing his ankle and counting his cash.
Fergie didn't need him against Stoke. Hernandez showed razor-sharp goal-poaching instincts and a remarkably modest view of his heroics, which included an extraordinary back header.
"The most important thing is that there are no heroes -- it's all about the effort of the team. I jumped and saw the ball was behind me. I just tried to head the ball towards goal and thanks to God, it went in," he said.
Hernandez has four goals from his last five games but spreads the credit for that around Old Trafford.
"This is down to my team-mates," he insisted. "They have trust in me, and also the staff. It's an unbelievable opportunity for me to play with the biggest team in the world, Manchester United. I'm working hard because I want to stay here a long time and win lots of trophies."
Words like that give Ferguson every reason to look smug and there was better to come.
Across Town, Manchester City took a pasting from Arsenal and Roberto Mancini, who began the week hoping he might end up with Rooney under his wing in a matter of months, finished it with a lesson from Arsene Wenger.