With the ability to score goals embedded in his veins, Javier Hernandez opened his tally with a game winner over Liverpool.
The loan goal from Hernandez pushed Manchester United past Liverpool eliminating their rivals 1-0 on Wednesday. United will move on to the next round of the Capital One Cup, with the satisfaction of having Liverpool out of the picture.
The Guadalajara native resurfaced in the starting 11 for the first time since David Moyes took the reigns at United. And he repaid Moyes with a stunning game winner that came right at at the start of the second half. Old Trafford erupted when Hernandez wiggled away from defenders to score off a carefully placed corner kick from Wayne Rooney.
The victory over Liverpool will be a boost of confidence to Hernandez.
Feeling reinvigorated Hernandez will hope to acquire more minutes in the league. Lacking flair, Hernandez will have to rely on his ability to produce results.
Glimmers of quality are what Hernandez does best.
He was nullified for most of the first half but proved that in the blink of an eye he can punish a rival as big as Liverpool.
Hernandez plays to kill. It’s not enough that Hernandez scores so consistently. But it is also that most of his goals always seem to have great significance to the outcome of a game.
Very few strikers offer that same production value. They may not be pretty but they are goals that change games. Maybe Moyes will slowly come to realize that wins don’t have to be produced with step overs or flair but that they can be won with the predatory instinct of a classic number 9.
Hernandez is that predator. With a little resemblance to the great Ruud Van Nistelrooy and the talented Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Hernandez has become a distinguished striker of his own. One that produces tremendous results the way only the “Little Pea” knows how.