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Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez insists he is no Manchester United hero despite coming off the bench to salvage a point at Liverpool on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Mexican has endured a stop-start opening to his second Premier League campaign. His pre-season was halted by the concussion he suffered on his first day of training and he eventually made his competitive bow at the end of August, only to pick up knocks against Chelsea and Stoke that ruled him out of more matches.

His poacher's instinct clearly remains intact though, judging by the way he snaffled the second-half opportunity afforded to him at Anfield, when Danny Welbeck flicked on Nani's corner, and he said: "I scored a goal but it is Manchester United that scored. It doesn't matter who scored the goals. There are no heroes here."

It is the kind of selfless attitude Sir Alex Ferguson must love.

And there is no denying Hernandez helped change the flow of a typically tight affair that only came to life once Steven Gerrard sent his free kick through the gap Ryan Giggs created when he split from the United wall.

"It is part of the game," reflected Hernandez on United's defences not doing their job. "Gerrard scored a similar goal to that at Old Trafford last season, so we need to work a little bit more on it."

Twice the hosts felt they had sealed a fourth straight home win over the Red Devils, only for Dirk Kuyt and Jordan Henderson to be denied by David de Gea. It cemented a view that it had been De Gea's most complete performance since his £18million summer arrival from Atletico Madrid, a view endorsed in private by one significant member of United's backroom team.

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Twelve months after he was forced to bulk up in an effort to cope with the sheer physicality of the Premier League, Hernandez is watching De Gea do the same. And he has been impressed at the application shown by the Spain Under-21 star.

"David is an unbelievable player," said Hernandez. "He is working day by day and the good thing is that he wants to work.

"He knows that to play in this shirt, first of all, you need to enjoy it. But also he is aware that it is a big responsibility. He is handling it very well. He is only 20. He could play for 20 more years if he wants."

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