Javier Hernandez is still pinching himself over his debut season at Manchester United, with the Mexico international equaling Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of goals scored in his first season for the Old Trafford club.
"This first year represents a lot for me and I am very grateful to God, because it was my first year in Europe and that was a dream,” Hernandez said.
"It has been surprising because I was not expected to play much, never mind score goals.
“So simply being able to play 90 minutes in my first year in a Champions League final against Barcelona is a big thing."
Hernandez was signed by Ferguson in secrecy at the beginning of the season, leaving Mexican side C.D. Guardalajara and heading to Manchester United for a bargain £6 million fee.
Ferguson recently compared the youngster to Manchester United hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, saying the starlet had surpassed all expectations in his first season for the club.
“I really didn’t expect Hernandez to have this impact,” the Manchester United manager said.
“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.”
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