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Fergie: Chicharito Just Like Ole

Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Javier Hernandez for scoring his second goal in two games since joining United (even if one of those were for his former club) and has likened him to red legend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“The boy was terrific,” said Ferguson. “He scored a great goal and his all-round play was superb. He reminds me a lot of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He has two quick feet and pace to burn. And he knows where the goal is. I think he will be a marvellous addition to our squad. The other players have remarked how good he is and what a great finisher he is. They’re all supportive of him and have welcomed him to the club. I think he has a great future with us. The 4-3-3 formation suits us in some games, particularly in Europe because it’s important to guard against the counter-attack and keep possession. Chicharito can play as a lone striker, there’s no question about that. He did it in the World Cup for Mexico. But there are big possibilities of a partnership with Wayne Rooney and other players.”


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31 Comments

  1. lima says:

    no he didnt he was second fiddle to that old horse franco. no wonder aguirre got the boot.

  2. thereddevil says:

    fantastic to hear fergie has so much faith in him! i hope he performs when it really matters

  3. berbatunday says:

    chico ole ole

  4. Little-Miss-United says:

    Last season, there were countless chances missed because we didn’t have a good finisher. Looking forward to see what difference could Chicha make this season. I really think the squad will be perfectly complete if we get Ozil or a player as good in his position

  5. RojoDiablo says:

    I haven’t been this excited about a player joining us since Macheda got his hat trick in the reserves and then went on to show what a great pick up he was. Who was the other Italian youth player we picked up with him?

    Hernadez has so many top qualities our squad has been lacking. I can’t wait to see him and Berbs on the pitch together. Silky smooth champagne style paired with raw speed and an eye for goal. Watch out now!!! Chicarito seems the Real Deal Holyfield and I hope he can up Dimitar’s game as well.

    Speaking for myself, I was a little apprehensive when we signed him given what has happened with Nani/Anderson. I didn’t want to get my hopes up watching sick YouTubes and a decent pre-season only for them to flutter shortly thereafter. I still remember seeing that debut goal by Nani. What a cracker!

    I agree with Little Miss, we need another world class player for the Champions League. Or for Ando/Hargreaves to recover past form. But that seems unlikely given recent events….

  6. Suprah says:

    @RojoDiablo the other Italian we got is Davide Petrucci from AS Roma. Apparently he is supposed to be the next Totti. Havent seen him in action personally, but I hope he is put in the first team squad as the Home Grown players. Should be great to see all of these boys and Chicharito tear up the Premiership.

  7. Costas says:

    If he is half as good as Ole, we have a very good player on our hands.

  8. Lexxy says:

    Ozil seems open to a move according to Imscouting but. .Apparently United are nt willing to fork out 12-15 mil quids for him..which is a shame IMO

  9. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    Petrucci and Kiko link up so well together – Petrucci had a tough time with injuries last year which you wont find in news post from june 2008 but and excellent attacking minded player- as I say had some of the best link u play i have seen in a long long time-

    On Topic- Chicharito makes me think of a young Mickey Owen tell you the truth but to stam him with the label of a 2OLEgend is excellent

    I dont know if anyone can understand what the are sayin or if anyone else has seen this but this is what It felt to Ole leaving Manchester United ,**WARNING** you may need kleenex tissues

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZmXOfasRxA&playnext=1&videos=iepbsrTNntM

  10. Costas says:

    @GHTT

    That’s why he is a legend for us. I agree about Chicharito being more like Owen. I don’t remember Ole ever being too fast to be honest.

  11. asite says:

    With rooney,macheda, chicarito and with owen to join them wat now happens with berbatov n our own african diouf.

  12. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    @Costa

    I think Sir Alex is saying this as a sly way of saying 4-5-1 and this guy will be a sub

  13. samdevil says:

    guys any news on how petrucci is doing?? there was a great hype around him when we signed him but havent heard anything about him recently. any idea how he is progressing? doesnt look like he’s gonna feature this seaon too given the quality of youngters who played in the pre season.

  14. Costas says:

    @GHTT

    Yep. And he probably compares Chicha and Ole in terms of the impact that they have coming off the bench. I said it yesterday too, but we will probably see more of 4-5-1.

  15. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    @asite

    Berbatov is kept off the top of that list by one man-The man- and if needs be to change things to a 4-4-2(busby forbud) or a 5-3-2 then Berbatovs control and Chicharitos pace would be the top partnership, Diouf is well of the pace. Fantastic ability fantastic future but the truth is he’s a fantastic reserve player with a lot to learn. which isnt a bad thing its a norma;l thing. Owen will be what he was last year our cup striker. and kiko and hernandez will battle it out to be number 3

  16. jellybean says:

    chicharito should be given chances to play with the team and gel with the others, i’m hoping that having so many strikers will make them a little more competitive with each other and desperate (in a good way) to score when they’re given minutes on the field.

  17. aig alex is god says:

    It will start with rooney as the main man and berbatov 2nd choice.chicharito 3rd,owen 4th and macheda 5th.in a few months if all goes well javier and rooney will be first choice with berba down to 3rd being used as an impact sub or against the lower teams.

  18. bchilds says:

    He could well be the new Ole. If his goals are anywhere near as important as some of Ole’s I’ll be very pleased!

  19. bchilds says:

    Great vid GHTT – never seen that before

  20. United4eva says:

    I reckon Chicharito will break into the first XI within a few months. I remember back in 98-99 when Dwight Yorke first came to the side Fergie didn’t play him and Andy Cole up front together for like a month because he thought they were too similar and then, by accident, cos of injury they got thrown together and the rest as they say is history.

    I reckon Chicharito and Rooney will hit it off just like Yorke and Cole did. I just see Rooney’s quickness of thought and feet hitting it off with Chicharito’s movement and off the ball intelligence. Because Chicharito can find the space so easily it will allow them to both get forward into dangerous areas via the give and go in a way Berba (today’s Sheringham) just can’t.

    Mark my words Chicharito is gonna be a star…

  21. lucas says:

    New Ole … I’d love that!

  22. Gee says:

    @ GHTT

    Thats why Ole is a complete legend, the love he has for the club is as strong as ANY fan anywhere!! He would rather sit on the bench than pull on another shirt, and it wasnt like there was a lack of top clubs after him either. I really hope one day he will be ready to step up and take over the first team because he would have the same Utd philosophies as SAF and that can only bring good things!!

    On topic: I honestly think this kid is going to be a sensation, Ive already said on other posts that I have this little feeling he is going to shock the world and COULD well be top scorer this season, a feeling I havent had about a new striker (in terms of goals) since Ruud signed for us. I think as has already been said that with Rooney we could well have a partnership as good as Cole and Yorke if not even better!!

  23. SirAlex'sSon says:

    With all due respect to Ole, i just hope SAF doesnt basically c dis guy as a sub player…lol!
    Nice positional play
    pace to burn
    instills pressure on central defenders by sticking to that line to d last man, which reminds me of lil micky.
    Great attitude
    seems strong enough mentally to handle the pressure
    All thats left is for him to take that bull by d horn at old trafford and fucking ride it to riots!!!

  24. UNITED4life says:

    try to swap berbatov for ozil or his chances will be limited to carling cup..

  25. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    UNITED4life

    still talking shit

    With the crazy football market with real and citys money its nice to see somethings havent changed

  26. Costas says:

    @GHTT

    His actual name is UNITED( – BERBATOV)4life. A broken record for well over a year now.

  27. samdevil says:

    sir alex’s son
    no you didnt show the respect which was due to ole by calling him “just a sub player”. Dumb ass!
    if hernandez turns out to be as good as ole,he would be the best signing we’ve made since ronnie.

  28. RedScot says:

    He is gonna be fucking fantastic. I just cant wait to watch him.
    Did someone say electric.
    Made for Manchester United.

  29. Alsldjdj says:

    Chicharito FTW!

  30. redie says:

    he scored as soon as he touched the ball. unafraid and focused.

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