Sir Alex Ferguson continues to be delighted with the contribution of striker Javier Hernandez after the Mexican’s equaliser earned Manchester United a 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.
Trailing by a goal inside the last 10 minutes after Steven Gerrard’s free-kick opener, Chicharito lost Martin Skrtel and latched on to Danny Welbeck’s flick-on from Nani’s corner to head home and level the scores.
Sir Alex, who believes a point apiece was probably a fair outcome from a match that took its time to really get going, was full of praise for his goalscorer after the game.
“Chicharito was great - if you look again and see the goal it is absolutely fantastic,” he said to Sky Sports.
“Martin Skrtel has got his arms right round him but he has still managed to free himself and get the header in.
“His record with goalscoring is absolutely unbelievable - the boy has just got that touch you need.
“If you forget the last three games here and just focus on the context of today’s game, I believe the result is a fair one.
“You can never be completely confident a goal will come when you are 1-0 down with 15 minutes to go but we do have the players who can come on and do that.”
The experienced campaigner admitted United had been found wanting with their defensive wall for the second time in as many years against the Reds, while also pointing out a strong performance from goalkeeper David de Gea.
He added: “It was a typical United v Liverpool game. They are always very intense, but I don’t think the game really started until Liverpool scored. Once they did, I think it was a very good game after that.
“We cancelled each other out a little bit early on – not a lot happened really – but then towards the end of the game they forced two great saves from David de Gea and we have had some good openings at the edge of their box but just couldn’t quite finish them off.
“It was exactly the same as last year with the defensive wall, the wide player has left the wall – Ryan Giggs has done that here and last year it was Darren Fletcher who did that – it is bad defensive play.
“Before that goal went in we were looking to make some changes to try and win the game because I didn’t think they were really threatening at all until they scored the goal.
“After they scored, yes, they did make a couple of chances and the game really opened up. We took the chance to make changes and try to win it, quite rightly in my view as that is the name of the game.”
The Red Devils’ manager was also asked about the decision to award a free-kick for a foul on Charlie Adam that led to Gerrard’s goal and he suggested the contact had been minimal but he was not surprised to see the referee blow his whistle.
“It didn’t look like there was too much contact on television but it is a very difficult one,” continued Sir Alex.
“The ref is under a lot of pressure in these games and I’m not surprised that they got the free-kick.
“He could have booked Rio for a second time if he was the last man, but I don’t think that would have been an appropriate decision because Jonny Evans was getting back to cover.”