… on Chicharito
‘The best thing about him is his willingness to learn, and his desire to work. He’s one of the first in, if not the first, every day, and one of the last to leave. So he’s getting his rewards. Hard work pays off in the end, and that’s what he’s getting. But you can see from his game that he’s a thinking forward.
‘He doesn’t run willynilly. He runs for a reason and that’s to get in on goal and to create chances and if you do that and keep doing that, plugging away, then you’re going to create chances and you’re going to score goals. And when he gets in there, he’s cold blooded, although as a person he’s a really nice kid.
‘You see a lot of that with strikers. It’s what I’ve always seen with strikers. Michael Owen, Chicharito now, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ruud Van Nistelrooy. These guys see a clear picture, it’s black and white with these guys.
‘I’m not talking in football, I mean when you speak to them as people, it’s very clear to them, they know what they want to do, there’s no funny business, it’s just “Bang! This is what’s happening. This is it.”
‘Black and white. Single minded. That’s the common thing I’ve seen with top goal scorers: a clear picture not just of football but of everything.
‘As a character, Chicharito, he’s a really good lad. He’s a simple fella who just loves football and he’s not interested in anything else apart from playing football and playing for Man United.
‘His ability speaks for itself. We saw from the first few training sessions that he’s going to be a player. But I don’t think anyone at the club expected what we’ve got out of him, and the manager’s already said that.’