Javier Hernandez believes a specialised fitness and dietary programme designed by Manchester United was the catalyst in transforming him into one of the world's best players.

The 23-year-old Mexican sensation enjoyed a wonderful debut season in the Barclays Premier League, surpassing all expectations.

'Chicharito' netted 20 goals for the Red Devils, helping him to hold down a regular starting berth in Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

"I am working really hard in Manchester," said Hernandez. "I get up at 8am, I eat breakfast and I go to the training session where I work so hard and I do extra work in the gym.

"I was educated by my parents in that way," he continued. "If you want something in your life, you have to work hard. I know football is a job, but I am enjoying it so much."

Hernandez is currently enjoying an extended run of form in the CONCACAF Gold Cup with his native Mexico.

Having already netted seven times in the tournament, including an extra time winner in the semi final against Honduras, Hernandez will lead Mexico against the USA in Saturday's final.

"Playing at a high level in England has given me a lot of confidence and I am feeling that here," Hernandez explained. "Everyone wants to beat the United States and win the tournament. Our motivation is high."

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