Javier Hernandez notched both goals for Mexico in their exciting 2-2 draw with Honduras in mid-week with the and the brace put him sixth in the all-time top scorers list for his nation with 30 goals in 45 appearances. A very impressive feat meaning the 24-year-old is just 16 goals short of Jared Borghetti who sits atop of the list.
The Manchester United frontman was labelled as “one of the best strikers in the world” by Jurgen Klinsmann during the week but in a recent interview with Mexico’s Excelsior, the former Chivas player was gushing in his admiration for two of the most recognisable figures in the Premier League.
“For me to be training every day with these monsters of world football means a lot and hopefully one day I can get closer to what they have both done.
“I am content to be ten percent of what these legends [Giggs and Scholes] have been to this great club to which I belong and every week I give my best effort. I want to follow the steps, but I need to work hard every day for many years.”
Another question asked the Mexican icon on his goal record, which illicited another typically classy response.
“I’ve always said to myself goals take second place because the truth is I do not just walk into the court to do that.
“When I come to the field, I want to help my team, to want to do my best and give all my effort and attitude in order to help the team and my team to score points to qualify for the World Cup. The goals are a result of the entire team effort.”
There are two main reasons why Javier Hernandez is adored more than most by the Old Trafford faithful.
The first is of course his quite astonishing goal return in the famous red jersey. He boasts a goal every 85 minutes in the league this season despite being used predominantly from the bench as an impact substitution in the style of fellow super-sub Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The second is his faultless attitude and endearing personality.
And despite a relative lack of action for United of late, both were on display this week.
The 24-year-old, who has been a linked to a summer switch to both Juventus and Atletico Madrid in recent weeks, also spoke about how he handles the fame that comes with his glamorous job as the spearhead of both Manchester United and Mexico’s attack.
“To begin with, the fame for me is not important. I know that is something that exists but I do not pay much attention to that.
“I try to always consider myself a human being again, just what I am, like everyone else but with a profession that calls maybe a little more attention. But I am just like other Mexicans in the world and that’s what my father always taught me, I do not feel more or less than anyone.”
The interview concluded with Hernandez being questioned on the lifestyle in Manchester and whether he misses his hometown of Guadalajara.
“Sure it’s strange,” Hernandez said. “My whole family and all my loved ones who live there of course I miss them.
“I’m not going to change Guadalajara for anything but as I have always mentioned in Manchester they treat me very well, I am very comfortable and I feel like it’s my second home.
“I am very happy and pleased, but it’s part of football and to play in the best clubs in the world you should jump the pond.”
It is not hard to see why Hernandez is liked so much in both Mexico and Manchester. He is a man who seems grateful of the opportunity he has and always seeks to make good on his chances, no matter how limited they are.
The lethal South American really is a class-act and in an era where the headlines are often dominated by the borderline criminal antics involving idiots such as Luis Suarez, Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez, the 24-year-old always reflects well on both the club and his fellow professionals.
Furthermore, his 16 goals in all competitions this season prove he is far more than just a pretty, smiling face!