The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has praised the Mexican striker Javier Hernandez after he helped the team get all three points in the match against Aston Villa during the weekend.

Manchester United were in danger of losing the match after they were trailing the struggling Midlands team 2-0 in the second half. However, the Mexican striker Hernandez, who has struggled to get opportunities to start for the club in recent weeks, scored a hat-trick by coming on from the bench. This has not been the first time Hernandez has had a major impact on the outcome of the match.

The Mexican was once again influential for United in the 3-2 win over Chelsea a few weeks back, despite the goal being contentious for offside. Ferguson has now compared the Mexican international to the former Manchester United players like Van Nistelrooy and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Hernandez has now scored seven goals in his last five appearances, and Ferguson has praised the professional attitude of the striker. He has said that United prefer to play in the one-man up front formation, which limits the chances for Hernandez. However, he has not complained with the lack of first-team opportunities and has produced the goods.

"We were disappointed with the first-half performance, it has to be said. You had to give credit to Aston Villa, they never gave us a minute's peace on the ball. When they got the second goal we were up against it, but once we scored our first goal, you always felt they were going to do it. "I've been saying it for weeks, that he's such a great professional. He doesn't complain. We do prefer that one striker with one playing behind," said Ferguson. As a result of this victory, Manchester United now open a two-point advantage over Manchester City.