Hernandez: I am improving how I play

by Sam Peoples

Hernandez became the first winner from North America of the Sir Matt Busby Fan's Player of the Year Award last season

Few could have imagined just what a phenomenal impact Chicharito would of had in his debut campaign for United but in the last 12 months, he has risen to become one of the greatest natural goalscoring prospects that has graced football and at just £6 million, he looks set to become the bargain of the decade as SAF strikes gold again in the transfer window. It is not just SAF who is striking gold however, as Hernandez managed to net himself 7 goals en route to a Golden Boot as well as Player of the Tournament trophy at this years Gold Cup in America. His scintillating form from the Premier League only seemed to be a springboard for what was an emphatic campaign with Mexico, as he became the second highest goalscorer in the competition’s history. Hernandez, ever the willing, took the time to give a few words to Inside United as he sheds light on how he is feeling ahead of the next Premier League campaign:

“I have been a little lucky with some of my goals. There have been a few headers in there. I work on that side of my game because I am not the tallest guy but I am working on all aspects of my game – speed, strength, technical ability with the ball, movement – and heading.”

His first goal for United might fall into the luck category but others fall much further adrift

His humble words about his ‘lucky goals’ are just characteristic of his work ethic and attitude to the game. He deflects attention away from himself and back on his team at every opportunity and it is no wonder he walked away with the Fan’s Player of the Year award last season, it is impossible to not like this guy. It shines on and off the pitch and you can just see that he is over the moon to be playing football at the Theatre of Dreams and why not? He has gone from footballing anonymity to global star in such a short period of time but it is incredible how he hasn’t let it go to his head, his mental strength to keep focus is a delight to behold. He speaks highly of the chances SAF has given him at United and has a burning desire to repay the favour through doing well for the club:

“I only have words of thanks for Sir Alex because he has given me a lot of opportunities to play for this club, so I owe him a lot.”

He also goes on to talk about how he looks to improve the more technical aspect of his game, something that wasn’t necessary last season because of the prolific partnership that he established with Wayne Rooney but that is undoubtedly the best part about Hernandez. What we saw last season, the ferocious pace and the lightning agility matched with an uncanny ability to find the back of the net, was far from the finished product. He is a young and tarnished striker who can only grow into his own at United and who better to teach him than SAF and if you watched the Gold Cup, then you would have seen how his improvements were already beginning to show. I can’t wait to see him and Rooney ripping up the Premier League again next season and long may it continue, for I think that United may well have found the stability in the goal department that we have craved since the goal-machine that is Ronaldo left for foreign shores.

Long may Hernandez continue to lift trophies for country and club. Photo: Mark Terrill (AP Photo)

Full story: Sky Sports

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