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Despite scoring against United, Sir Alex was very pleased with the performance of Javier Hernandez. The 22-year-old tore The Red’s defence apart in the first half, as he played for his old club Chivas Guadalajara – scoring inside 9 minutes. Chicharito was unlucky not to have bagged one for United as well…

Hernandez, 22, gave Chris Smalling and John O’Shea a torrid time in the first half, as he scored a ‘farewell goal’ at the brand new 45,500-seater Estadio Omnilife in Mexico on early Saturday morning, British time.

“Chicharito was first class,” said Sir Alex. “His goal for Chivas was a marvellous strike. He showed his real qualities.Chivas played very well and they were very quick. They pressed the ball well and made things difficult for us. They deserved to win. As for us, we’ve been away for three weeks. We’ve done lots of travelling and I think the players need to go home and rest now.”

The Mexican striker then swapped kits at half-time, and nearly scored for The Reds before being subbed 20 minutes into the second half. “It was always my intention to give him only about 15 minutes of the second half as he is in the process of recovering from the World Cup.”

“He will now do some fitness training and endurance work when he arrives in Manchester and he will play more games. Chicharito has done really well (in training). The players have all remarked how good he is and what a great finisher he is… I think there are similarities between him and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”



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