Rio Ferdinand believes that Javier Hernandez is the perfect example of how to beat a defender at their game, with the England international insisting his teammate can produce brilliance for Manchester United.
Speaking to the official Manchester United website, Ferdinand revealed that if he were a coach, he would show his players videos of Chicharito scoring as an example of how to get past a defender.
“I watched back Chicharito's first goal against Bolton, when he ran across the front post and poked the ball in at the near post,” he explained.
“But before he made that run he made two other movements to shake off his defender. And when a striker does that it’s incredibly hard to defend against.
“I think if I was a coach then I’d put that goal on DVD and I wouldn’t even send my team out.
Ferdinand insisted that Hernandez is a one-of-a-kind striker, with his pace and quick thinking putting him above the top defenders, even Ferdinand himself, in the Barclays Premier League.
“Not a lot of strikers make the sorts of runs he does,” Ferdinand said.
“It’s physically demanding – you have to be really fit to make those movements for 90 minutes.
“If I was a coach I’d be telling every young striker that he should take note of how Chicharito plays because that’s what you have to do if you want to be a top player. It will certainly give you a head start.”
Ferdinand also admitted that while he loves watching Chicharito score, as a true defender he loves even more being able to stop the opposition from scoring.
He added: “I know everybody loves to watch players scoring goals but I equally enjoy stopping them.
“For me, to make a good block or to keep a clean sheet is as good as scoring a goal. It hasn’t always been that way – when I was a kid I used to love scoring – but I’ve grown into that and that’s what I enjoy now.
“As a centre-half you look at the 'goals against' column before the 'goals for' column. I admit there are times when I love to sit down and watch the beautiful game and admire great goals, but not if they’re scored against us!”
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