United manager hails super sub ‘chicharito’

SAVIOUR: Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez (right) celebrates his goal against Valencia FC during their UEFA
Champions League Group C match at Mestalla stadium in Valencia. Manchester won 1-0. — AFP photo

Scoring is like shelling peas for Hernandez, says Fergie

VALENCIA, Spain: Scoring
goals is like shelling peas for
Manchester United striker
Javier Hernandez, his
manager Sir Alex Ferguson
said after the Mexican’s
clinical finish secured a 1-0
win at Valencia on
Wednesday.
The 22-year-old, nicknamed
‘chicharito’ or ‘little pea’,
struck in the 85th minute of
the Champions League Group
C clash at the Mestalla shortly
after coming off the bench.
“When he takes his
chances it’s like shelling
peas, with either foot,” the
68-year-old told a news
conference.
The presence of
Wayne Rooney,
absent due to injury
on Wednesday, and
the in-form
Dimitar Berbatov
in the squad has
l i m i t e d
H e r n a n d e z ’ s
appearances.
“He’s young,
he knows that,”
F e r g u s o n
added. “He’s
developing a lot
in his game and
getting some good strength
work in the gymnasium. He
still has some work to do on
that aspect.”
Hernandez joined United
in July from hometown club
Chivas de Guadalajara, for
whom he had scored 29 goals
in 79 games after making his
debut as a teenager in 2006.
His pace and skill helped
him score twice for Mexico
at the World Cup in South
Africa shortly before
completing his move to
the Premier League.
“You can’t get away
from the fact that
he’s a fantastic
finisher and he
showed that tonight,”
Ferguson said.
Hernandez’s
father, also
called Javier, is a
former Mexico striker
who played at the 1986 World
Cup and was known as
‘chicharo’ (pea) because of
his green eyes. — Reuters

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