Man United striker Javier Hernández: It should go down as my hat-trick

Manchester United's Javier Hernández says he should be credited with a hat-trick after inspiring his side to victory at Villa Park

Javier Hernández
Javier Hernández joined Manchester United in 2010 Photo: The Sport Review

Javier Hernández

Javier Hernández is convinced he should be credited with a hat-trick after inspiring Manchester United to a 3-2 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.

The 24-year-old came off the bench at half-time to score three goals in the second half, which included a shot which was deflected off a Villa defender and past Brad Guzan.

Ron Vlaar was credited with an own-goal but Hernández believes the strike should be added to his tally, with the Mexican adamant the effort was goal-bound.

“I’ve seen the replay and I think it’s going on target,” Hernández told United’s website.

“The defender tried to get it away but I think he kicked it in the same direction as I shot.”

With United trailing 2-0 at Villa Park after Andreas Weimann’s brace, Hernández took his tally to seven goals in his last five games in all competitions, with an 87th-minute winner.

“It felt unbelievable to score the winner,” added Hernández.

“But the most important thing is we get the three points and we’re still on the top with a four-point gap. We’re very happy.”

Hernández also revealed Ferguson’s words of encouragement at half-time which led to the Mexican’s match-winning display.

“He said to do my best, to do the things I have been doing in my last few games and on the training ground as well,” he said.

“I try to do that every time, to help my team with a lot of effort and to do the things I have done today.”

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