Ryan Giggs has hailed Javier Hernandez as a natural-born finisher who will continue to score important goals for Manchester United.

The young Mexican scored his 18th goal of the campaign to help United beat Chelsea and book a place in the last four of the Champions League, and continues to gather praise for a sensational debut season.

Hernandez has started only 20 games for the Red Devils this term but is second only to Dimitar Berbatov in the United scoring stakes.

And, with his innate goal-getting ability and knack of arriving at the right time, the 22-year-old has been compared to United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - an opinion Giggs subscribes to.

"It seemed in pre-season that Chico was a born goalscorer, similar to Ole in that he scores important goals and wants to score important goals. He plays on the shoulder and runs in behind," said the 37-year-old.


"It also has a massive effect on the team because Wayne is able to pick up the space behind him. It gives Wayne space to play and produce performances.

"So Chico is really important not only for his goals but his overall team play as well. He stretches teams and that's great for the lads behind him, because it gives them space to play.

"He's a constant worry because defenders don't want to be running in behind you, it's as simple as that. He is always in the right place at the right time too and that's a great knack, one that Ole had."

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