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Owen warns Chicharito

Michael Owen has passed on some of his vast experience to his Manchester United team-mate Javier Hernandez by warning the Mexican he can't afford to rest on his laurels after a stunning start to his United career.

Owen, who is behind the Mexican in the pecking order warned Hernandez about the possible dangers when speaking to reporters.

"He needs to keep working hard and keep putting in those performances because that’s what this club demands - you score one week, but if you play poorly the next week then you could be out the team so you need to always be on top of your game," he said.

"Thankfully, he's playing well at the minute, and long may that continue."

As long as the Mexican continues to score goals, Owen will have a real struggle on his hands to find regular first team action when he returns from his latest injury problem.

Hernandez joined in the summer before starring for Mexico at the World Cup and at £7 million looks to be one of the bargains of the season. With Wayne Rooney finding more bad publicity than goals this season, the 22 year old Hernandez has stepped up not looked at all out of place in the English top flight.

The young striker has already scored six goals for his new side in 11 appearances, with three coming in the past week. Hernandez scored twice at the weekend to give his side the 2-1 win over Stoke in the league before stepping off the bench to score United's winner in their Carling Cup tie against Wolves.

When Rooney returns to action from his ankle injury Ferguson faces a tough decision about who to play in attack. Dimitar Berbatov has been Ferguson's main striker this season and with Hernandez now amongst the goals it's hard to see how the Scottish manager can fit in a Rooney who has managed a meagre one goal all season.

At least when Rooney inevitably returns to form, Ferguson will know he has a quality striker in reserve. At 22, Chicharito will have plenty of successful years ahead of him in a United shirt and should bide his time.