Sir Alex Ferguson claimed scoring goals is like "shelling peas" to the man nicknamed Little Pea.

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez bagged an 85th-minute winner for Manchester United in Valencia to breathe fresh life into a Champions League campaign that started with a stutter against Rangers a fortnight ago. It was a first competitive goal for the £7million summer arrival from Chivas, who has made such a positive impact in his early days at Old Trafford.

"He still has work with his physique but you cannot take away from the fact that he is a fantastic finisher," said Ferguson. "The way he took his chance, it was like shelling peas. It was so natural to him."

Although he broke his English duck in bizarre fashion in the Community Shield, to get his first competitive goal offers Hernandez a chance to build his United career free from pressure.

"It was a great night," said Hernandez. "I am so happy about the goal but also it was important to get the win and the three points.

"I always used to watch the Champions League when I was back home in Mexico. It is one of the most important tournaments in the world, so I was always keeping up with it.

"The goal will give me so much confidence. I am only at the start of my career with United and to score so early in the Champions League is a big boost. It is great to be a Manchester United player and I want that to continue for a long time."

Hernandez's late effort settled a game of few chances. Valencia had plenty of possession, but they were rarely able to break through the United rearguard and Edwin van der Sar made only one save of note.

Much of that was due to the presence of Rio Ferdinand alongside skipper Nemanja Vidic for the first time this season.

"Rio needed a game like that," said Ferguson. "He has the experience, which was vital and the ability to keep the ball, which is important."

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