Sir Alex Ferguson has compared Javier Hernandez to Denis Law for the Manchester United new boy's heading ability.
Hernandez has enjoyed an excellent debut campaign for the Old Trafford outfit so far, netting seven goals in 18 appearances, having got off the mark in rather unconventional style in his competitive debut at the Community Shield in Wembley.
The Mexican scored four times in as many appearances during an excellent run in October, including late winners against Stoke and Wolves.
It was Hernandez's first against Stoke that really caught the eye, though, as he rose in the penalty area, then delivered a back header with enough force to power it past Thomas Sorensen.
For such a physically slight individual, it was an amazing effort, that Ferguson feels deserves comparison with the best exponents. “He has got the spring but he also has the ability to just hang there for a second or two, just like Denis Law and Ian St John,” said Ferguson. “Some bigger players had great ability in the air but it is that talent to hang in the air for a fraction that can upset defenders.”
A virtual unknown when United confirmed his capture from Chivas in the final weeks of last season, Hernandez has settled in remarkably well.
“I am really enjoying it,” he said. “I know I am lucky person to be here because this is a great opportunity for me. Despite the pressures of playing for a big club with such a huge stature, United is very much like a big family.
“From the coaching staff, backroom staff and the cooks, everyone at the club treats you the same. We all get on. Everyone gives you a slap on the back and encourages you from time to time.
“That atmosphere has allowed me to improve and to grow as a person and a player.”
Also amongst Hernandez's goals collection is the winner from United's previous meeting with Valencia in September. The United boss is demanding top spot in Group C as well in order to avoid heavyweight Spanish duo Real Madrid and Barcelona. A single point will seal it, which is why Ferguson is ready to revert to his strongest side tonight.