Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson lauded Javier Hernandez after the rookie striker steered his side into the Champions League quarter-final.

The summer signing scored a brace, either side of half time, in the 2-1 win against Marseille at Old Trafford to make it five goals in five appearances and 16 in all in his debut season.

Ferguson said: "I think we are surprised. When we bought him we thought it would take him some time to adjust first of all. He has adjusted to the physical part very well and he is lasting 90 minutes very well now."

He added: "That has given us great options because we look at the main strikers as Wayne (Rooney), (Dimitar) Berbatov and Hernandez. With Hernandez's form the way it is we can make some changes now.

"Hernandez's pace and movement is helping us. He is real handful. You see the first goal, they boy's movement is fantastic.

"Wayne is enjoying the freedom behind Hernandez and is in really good form at the moment."

Despite an own goal from Wes Brown with eight minutes remaining United advanced to the quarter finals for the fifth successive season.

Ferguson said: "I am proud of the team's achievements. We have had some great experiences in the European Cup over the years.

"It is the best tournament in the world. It is the one you want to try and win again. This team's best chance is because our away form is very good. That always gives you a chance in the next stage.

"Every team has their qualities. It does not matter who you get, you have got to take it. You cannot pick your teams. At this stage you are going to get a very hard game."

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