Sir Alex Ferguson: 'I was delighted with Chicharito's performance'

The longstanding Manchester United manager had praise reserved not only for hat-trick hero Robin van Persie, but for Hernandez's performance as well, which left him "delighted."

Javier Hernandez finally debuted for Manchester United in the 2012-13 season at Southampton, and the Mexican star was on hand to watch teammate Robin van Persie lead the Red Devils to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the home side.

Despite not getting on the score sheet, manager Sir Alex Ferguson was not shy about praising the 24-year-old, who was heavily linked to a transfer out of Old Trafford following the signing of Van Persie from Arsenal.

"Chicharito also came on and made a difference," said Ferguson after the match. "He started stretching them with fantastic runs off the ball and I was delighted with his performance."

Hernandez came on in the second half for Danny Welbeck, who had started alongside Van Persie. In three matches, two of them starts, the England international has failed to find the score sheet. Meanwhile, Van Persie took his goal tally to four with the treble of strikes against the Saints.

Manchester United will face Wigan Athletic on Sept. 15, a team against which Hernandez struck three goals in his debut season with the English side.

Four days later, United will host Galatasaray in the club's opening UEFA Champions League fixture.

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