Javier Hernandez a match for the best - Owen

28 October 2010 07:43
Chicharito is matching some of Manchester United's legendary hitmen stride for stride when it comes to making an Old Trafford impact. And the Mexican's sizzling Reds start has impressed marksman Michael Owen. The 22-year-old's six goals in 11 appearances is equal to the hauls Ruud van Nistelrooy and Dwight Yorke registered in their United openings. It is better than Ole Solksjaer's 1996 beginnings and Dimitar Berbatov's start. Andy Cole (six in seven appearances), Louis Saha (six in eight matches) and Wayne Rooney (six in nine games) command better figures. It's  obviously early days for him but he's made a really good impression at the club, scored goals in the last couple of games, said Owen reflecting on Chicharito's two goals at Stoke and his Carling Cup match winner against Wolves. He's young, sharp and a good finisher. He seems to be thriving, he's always got a smile on his face, he enjoys his football and the fans have taken to him already. Hopefully it's the start of something good for him, but he needs to keep working hard and keep putting in those performances because at Man United that's what it demands youscore one week, but if you play poorly the next week then you could be out the team, so you need to always be on top of your game. Thankfully he's playing well at the minute, and long may that continue. So far so good, but, as I know, football changes in a week or whatever. After the disruption of last week's Wayne Rooney contract chaos, Javier Hernandez has lifted the mood at Old Trafford. Owen says the cloud has now dispersed. Everyone seems to be happy now. The club have got a world-class player signed for five years and obviously Wayne's happy and the manager's happy, he added. Wayne is obviously ambitious and the club's ambitious. He wouldn't have signed if he had any doubts. I don't think there was a change of mind. The press can look into things like that, the why and what and all the rest of it. A lot has been made out of it but half of it is just to fill papers because of the size of the club and the stature of the player. Cutting out all the rubbish, the main thing is that he's signed. It's better having Wayne Rooney in your squad than not, so we're all happy in that way. Will Chicharito go on to become as prolific as Van Nistelrooy, Cole, Rooney and co? Have your say.

Source: Manchester_EveningNews