The Mexican forward netted three times and helped his club to two crucial wins.
|World Player of the Week
Manchester United's remarkable record of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat this season continued last week, with Mexico striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez the hero for the Red Devils with three goals in two appearances (though he will no doubt claim four).
The 24-year-old capped his side's win away at Sporting Braga in midweek to seal its progression to the Champions League knockout phase, rounding goalkeeper Beto before poking high into the roof of the net after his initial effort was cleared off the line.
However, it was during Saturday's victory over Aston Villa that Hernandez had his biggest impact. Introduced at halftime and with his side trailing 2-0 after 50 minutes, the 'Little Pea' turned the game on its head, first slotting coolly beneath Brad Guzan following Paul Scholes' pass before driving Rafael's cross in off defender Ron Vlaar.
With only three minutes of normal time remaining, the former Chivas hitman sealed another vital win for Sir Alex Ferguson's side, steering Robin van Persie's free kick into the bottom corner with a superb diving header, extending United's lead at the top of the Premier League to two points.
|Congratulations to Chicharito, Goal.com's 182nd World Player of the Week winner!