Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says that Javier Hernandez has surprised even him in the Barclays Premier League this season, after the youngster was signed in August last year.

“I really didn’t expect Hernandez to have this impact,” said Ferguson.

“As we said to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, we thought his first season would be about integration.


“Solskjaer played in a few reserves games and scored a hat-trick against Leeds. After that (coach) Jim Ryan came to me and said he is a first team player. We made him a sub the following week against Blackburn and he scored.

“The only advantage for Hernandez was that he’d played in the World Cup so there was a profile attached to him and he had also come from a much tougher domestic competition."

Hernandez has scored 19 goals for Manchester United this season, and is second only to Dimitar Berbatov, who is the Barclays Premier League top scorer with 22.

Of the 19 goals that Hernandez has scored, four were in the Champions League, making the young Mexican a very nifty signing for Manchester United at the bargain price of £8 million.

“Hernandez is fantastic at taking up positions inside the penalty box,” Ferguson said.

“It is natural. He has the instinct to move around and his timing is terrific.

“There have only been a few top strikers who have had that quality.”

Hernandez is tipped to start off the bench for Manchester United tonight in the Champions League semi final, with Ferguson resting the star in preparation for the do or die match up with Chelsea on Sunday.

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