Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Legendary Status Beckons for Javier

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Legendary Status Beckons for Javier

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MANCHESTER United striker Javier Hernandez has been tipped to become a goalscoring legend at Old Trafford by Gary Neville, writes TOM ROSTANCE.

Hernandez scored a goal in each half to give United their first away Premier League win of the season at Stoke on Sunday and could be given another chance to impress in the Carling Cup tie with Wolves tonight.

United's lack of investment over the summer was one of the reasons behind Wayne Rooney's desire to leave the club last week, but the pounds 7million they spent on the Guadalajara striker nicknamed 'Chicharito' is beginning to look like very good business.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side didn't play well at the Britannia Stadium and were indebted to the 22-year-old Mexican's eye for goal. He opened the scoring with a cute back header and then steered home Patrice Evra's cross-shot minutes after Tuncay had hit a superb equaliser.

Neville said: "He's [Hernandez] a good person. He works very hard, incredibly hard. He's got all the attributes. He'll score lots and lots of goals for Man United.

"When Tuncay scored that goal I thought 'Here we go again we're going to draw another game'.

"It would have been a real body blow for us. I think in the first half we could have had two or three goals and been further in front.

"But when Chichi scored that second everyone was massively relieved. It's a great three points for us and can hopefully kickstart our away season."

Neville endured a testing afternoon on his 600th appearance for the club and admitted he was lucky not to be sent off after clattering into the back of Matthew Etherington, then carving the same player down three minutes before half-time. The stadium expected red but referee Andre Marriner let Neville off.

He admitted: "I was lucky not to be sent off. I didn't think the first one was a booking -I got the ball -and then with the second one the referee's gone a little easy on me, to be honest."

Ferguson is expected to make changes for the cup tie, with the likes of Tomasz Kuszczak, Anderson, Michael Carrick, Darron Gibson and Chris Smalling in line for a return. …

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