Van der Sar wants to 'Win our trophy back'
Published 09/08/2010 | 15:16
Mexico forward Javier Hernandez has what it takes to go on and become a big hit at Manchester United, according to veteran keeper Edwin van der Sar.
The 22-year-old, signed from Chivas Guadalajara during the summer in a reported £8million deal, marked his arrival with something of a fortunate goal in the 3-1 Community Shield victory over Chelsea as United earned some early bragging rights at Wembley.
Hernandez had the goal at his mercy, only to scuff his shot up onto his own head and back into the empty net.
Van der Sar believes the young Mexican - nicknamed 'Chicharito', the little pea - has already shown with his efforts during pre-season that Hernandez has a bright future ahead at Old Trafford.
"He has been looking good for the last 10 days since he joined us in the United States," said the Dutchman, who turns 40 in October.
"How he scored does not really matter - the most important thing was for him to get on the scoresheet and for the fans to see a very talented player.
"He is a big prospect. More players are emerging and together with the experienced ones we have to try and bring something back.
"However, we don't just need the strikers to score. It is the midfielders and wingers who need to do their bit as well.
"[Antonio] Valencia scored and crossed for the second one. He is looking well.
"That is important. You need goals from lots of different places."
For Chelsea, yesterday was a fourth consecutive loss of their pre-season build-up.
Conversely, United have enjoyed a decent return from their tour matches, beating both Celtic, Philadelphia Union and also the MLS All-Stars.
With so many of Sir Alex Ferguson's men coming off the back of a busy summer, Van der Sar feels the Community Shield victory shows things are moving in the right direction ahead of the opening game of the new Barclays Premier League campaign at home to Newcastle next Monday night.
"It is the last game of pre-season and we only have a week to go before the real thing starts so it is important some players, like Wayne Rooney, get more playing time under their belts. That was important, in addition to winning the trophy," said the Dutchman.
"It is always the case that you want to win against your big rivals.
"Hopefully that is something we can use to get off to a good start in eight days' time to try and win our trophy back."