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Hernandez is more than a super-sub, says Fergie

“When you score goals, you pick yourself,” Alex Ferguson says after the Mexican’s double inspired Manchester United’s 3-2 win.

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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.

“When you score goals, you pick yourself and I think he’ll be playing next week.

“We never gave in, we hit the bar twice and once we got the second goal I think we really came alive.

“It was a fantastic game. I thought that Christian Benteke was brilliant for Villa but when we need to do it, we do it.”

Ferguson also confirmed the club’s medical staff will assess an injury to Rooney after he was substituted 11 minutes before the end of the match.

The United forward has been named in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the friendly against Sweden in Stockholm next week, but Ferguson refused to confirm whether he would miss the match.

“He got a knock on his ankle and he has some ice on it at the moment. We will see what he is like in the morning,” Ferguson added.

- © AFP, 2012

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