Hernandez sees room to improve

The Mexican is now on a well-earned break after helping his country

clinch the Gold Cup last week. Hernandez finished top scorer with

seven goals, maintaining the impressive form he showed in his first

season at Old Trafford. An overall 20-goal tally was far in excess

of what Sir Alex Ferguson expected from his £7million rookie

and included a few notable headers. The acrobatic effort at Stoke

in October sticks in the mind, no mean feat given the man finishing

it off is only 5ft 9in. “I have been a little lucky with some of my

goals,” Hernandez told Inside United. “There have been a few

headers in there. I work on that side of my game because I am not

the tallest guy. “I am working on all aspects of my game – speed,

strength, technical ability with the ball, movement – and heading.”

Such was Hernandez’s brilliant form in the latter weeks of the

campaign that Dimitar Berbatov could not even find a place on the

bench for the Champions League final defeat to Barcelona at

Wembley. The faith in the Mexican shown by Sir Alex Ferguson is

just reward for the effort put in by the 23-year-old, who was a

virtual unknown when he signed for United 15 months ago. “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,” said

Hernandez. “I am improving how I play. I am trying to be quicker

with the ball, with more technique and concentration, because it is

very difficult to keep the ball in this league. “Of course, I have

a lot of improving to do and I will work hard every day to achieve

that.”