Mexican proving to be just the ticket as United keep their title bid on course
By Ian Ladyman
A week ago the young Manchester United players failed to do themselves justice in an embarrassing FA Cup tie with Crawley.
But if the limitations of Gabriel Obertan and Bebe keep Sir Alex Ferguson awake at night then Javier Hernandez is turning out to be a player managers dream of.
To say that the young Mexican is a natural finisher is to understate things. Hernandez has had 13 shots on target in the league this season. Remarkably, nine of them have gone in.
Delight: Javier Hernandz celebrates his first goal for Manchester United at Wigan on Saturday
If Wayne Rooney is banned for his swipe at James McCarthy and misses either Tursday’s meeting with Chelsea or nexy Sunday’s game at Liverpool, at least United have a replacement.
On Saturday at the DW Stadium, a goal in each half from Hernandez, along with keeper Edwin van der Sar’s saves, ensured United won.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said: ‘He looked really, really sharp and very lively.
‘He’s taken the step up into the Barclays Premier League really well and he has real quality.
‘He is one of the most natural finishers in the league and he has only been here a few months.
Eye for goal: Hernandez flicks home United’s opener at Wigan
‘Everyone was aware of him when he played for Mexico. After the World Cup you could see he was ready for a big club. He is tactically impressive and a real asset.’
Hernandez has been used sparingly by Ferguson but his goals have been crucial. His first on Saturday came at the end of a spell of Wigan pressure and was preceded and followed by two superb Van der Sar saves.
The former Holland No 1 said: ‘It’s good to make saves at 0-0, because at that stage it was very important. ‘This was a game we needed to win, especially with the next two matches coming up.’