Sir Alex Ferguson can rely on me, says Man United’s Javier Hernández

Manchester United striker Javier Hernández is happy to take on penalty duty after he scored from the spot against Stoke City

Javier Hernández
Sir Alex Ferguson's side are level with Manchester City after Tuesday's results Photo: The Sport Review

Javier Hernández

Javier Hernández insists he can handle the responsibility of taking Manchester United’s penalties should Sir Alex Ferguson decide to put the Mexican on permanent spot-kick duty.

The 23-year-old successfully tucked away United’s first penalty against Stoke after Jermaine Pennant was adjudged to have fouled Park Ji-Sung in Thomas Sorensen’s area in the 37th minute.

After the interval, United were awarded another spot-kick when Jonathan Walters caught Antonio Valencia and Dimitar Berbatov scored to seal a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford.

“There are a lot of players here who can take penalties here,” Hernández told United’s website. “Sometimes it’s Wayne Rooney, sometimes it’s Ryan Giggs. Today it was me and Berbatov.

“I take them for Mexico and I’ll be ready if [United] ask me again. If they want me to shoot one, I’ll shoot.”

United’s victory moved them joint top of the Premier League table after Manchester City’s shock 1-0 defeat by Everton – but Hernández refused to get carried away with the result.

“I just try to do my best and help my team with goals,” Hernández added. “I always say, the most important thing is the points. It doesn’t matter who scores.

“Against Stoke we did a great job against a very difficult team. It was a great night for Manchester.

“Will it be very significant in the title race? Maybe not, but it was a very good night for Manchester United fans.”

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