Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has revealed that Javier Hernandez is the best finisher he’s played with so far.
Hernandez left Man United this summer after five years at the club, in which he scored 59 goals.
His first three seasons were something extraordinary, replicating the stunning super-sub status of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ten years before. However, under David Moyes he played a bit-part role and he was immediately loaned out to Real Madrid by Louis van Gaal at the start of last season.
Even so, De Gea named Hernandez as the best finisher he’s played with over the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Fernando Torres. Perhaps there was a sense of subjectiveness for De Gea, who had a great relationship with Hernandez at United.
Speaking to the club’s official website, ManUtd.com, De Gea answered who was the finest finisher he’d played with as “my great friend Chicharito”.
Meanwhile, the Spanish goalkeeper, who started in Spain’s game against Ukraine on Monday evening, says Samuel Eto’o is the best finisher he’s played against. Eto’o scored a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge against De Gea in a 3-1 defeat for United under Moyes, in which Hernandez scored United’s late consolation goal.
Hernandez was one of the most clinical finishers in the Premier League in his best season, 2010/11, where he scored 20 goals in 45 appearances. However, it is surprising to see him above van Persie or Torres as the best finisher De Gea has played with, even if, as the punching bag for strikers practising shots in training, he is the best man to comment on the matter.