Hernandez happy with penalty duty

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Javier Hernandez marked his return to Sir Alex Ferguson's starting line-up with a well-taken goal from the penalty spot, to help Manchester United on their way to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Stoke City last night.

The 24-year-old Mexican hitman took over spot-kick duties in the absence of regular penalty-taker Wayne Rooney, who was forced to watch the game from the Old Trafford stands after being ruled out through injury.

Hernandez insists he felt no pressure when stepping up from 12-yards and revealed he would be happy to harbour the responsibility of taking penalties for United in the future.

"There are a lot of players who can take penalties here," he told MUTV. "Sometimes its Wazza, sometimes it's Ryan Giggs. Today it was me and [Dimitar] Berbatov.

"I take them for Mexico and I'll be ready if [United] ask me again. If they want me to shoot one, I'll shoot."

United's second goal also came from the spot, but Hernandez wasn't given the opportunity to extend his goalscoring run against the Potters - this time handing the ball over to strike partner Berbatov.

'Chicharito' has now scored four goals in four games against Tony Pulis' side - a fact that the forward has dismissed as mere 'coincidence' after the final whistle.

"I just try to do my best and help my team with goals," he added. "I always say the most important thing is the points. It doesn't matter who scores.

"Against Stoke we did a great job against a very difficult team. It was a great night for Manchester United, with City dropping points and us winning against a very difficult team.

"Will it be very significant [in the title race]? Maybe not, but it was a very good night for Manchester United fans."

Ferguson also praised Hernandez for his impressive performance last night, saying the Mexican has patiently bided his time to get back into the first-team.

"I thought Javier did very well," he explained. "His form's come back. Over the last few weeks he's been very good in training. It's just a matter of getting the opportunities because Danny Welbeck has been playing so well."

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