Hernandez is more than a super-sub says Fergie
BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom (AFP) - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson believes Javier Hernandez can challenge Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie for a regular place in his starting line-up after the Mexican inspired a brilliant comeback at Aston Villa.
United had trailed 2-0 after Villa forward Andreas Weimann scored either side of half-time on Saturday, but Hernandez came off the bench to net twice, as well as playing the crucial role in the other goal, as Ferguson's team clinched a 3-2 win which sent them four points clear at the top of the Premier League.
The Mexico striker was only denied a hat-trick because Ron Vlaar was credited with an own-goal after Hernandez's shot deflected in off the Villa defender. United have a host of attacking options, but after such an influential display Ferguson insists Hernandez deserves to go from super-sub to starter.
"Javier did his natural thing. He's fantastic in the penalty box and his movement and quickness in space has got him the goals," Ferguson said. "He had a good summer break and it's made a difference to him. What we saw today is what we saw from him two years ago.