Last Updated: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 13:21
New signing Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez scored on his first game for Manchester United, in their victory over the MLS All-Stars.
The Mexican scored United's fifth goal in their 5-2 win over MLS All-Stars, making his debut a dream one. It was made even better by the Red Devils' emphatic win and the fact that no foreign side had ever beaten the MLS All-Stars side.
United opened the scoring after just 22 seconds, with Federico Macheda making the most of poor defending. 12 minutes later the American side showed that they did not learn from their mistakes, allowing the Italian to seal his brace.
Boss Alex Ferguson praised the 18-year-old striker and said he was "probably the best we have" at "going through on the goalkeeper". He could have had a hat-trick before the first-half had Donovan Ricketts not deflected his shot past the post.
In the 64th minute, the All-Stars replied, with Brian Ching evading Edwin Van der Sar and Fabio to head home. But it turned out to be only consolation, with Darron Gibson scoring an excellent 25-yard free-kick in the 70th minute and Tom Cleverley netted a sublime volley two minutes later.
Then came Hernandez's big moment. Having come on in the 64th minute, to a massive cheer from the mostly Hispanic crowd, the 22-year-old netted after running on to Paul Scholes' through-ball. Chicharito was officially the World Cup's fastest player and Ferguson described how important this was to Hernandez's game.
"The one thing players worry about is players with speed, who get into the space behind them," said the Scot. "When you see his goal it is an indication of that speed. The timing of his run, coming towards the ball spinning, he is going to be a threat to defenders, no question."
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