06/10/2013 21:31, Report by Steve Bartram

#24 – Chicha arrives

Our countdown of the Reds' greatest international moments continues, dwelling briefly on the moment Chicharito showed everybody what he would bring to United...

Player: Javier Hernandez
Match: France 0 Mexico 2, 17 June 2010
Unveiled before the dust had settled on the Reds’ heartbreaking Champions League exit to Bayern Munich, Javier Hernandez was a total unknown to most United fans. The 2010 World Cup, however, would provide a tantalising taster of what the Mexican speedster would bring to Manchester.
Javier Aguirre’s El Tri entered the competition as a young side brimming with potential. Chicharito's outing against hosts South Africa in the tournament opener made him the third generation of his family – following his father and grandfather – to represent Mexico at a World Cup, but it was in the second group game, against France, the striker announced his talents to the world.

The whole package was there: movement, timing, speed and finishing, as Hernandez sprinted clear of the French defence’s high line to reach a through-ball, before rounding Hugo Lloris and tucking home the opening goal in a famous 2-0 win.

If anybody needed further convincing, Chicha heightened anticipation with a brilliantly-taken consolation goal as El Tri exited to Argentina, while the striker was also crowned the fastest player at the tournament. Reds thought United were getting a star; Mexico fans knew they were.

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