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"From the backroom staff and the coaching staff to the cooks, everyone at the club treats you the same. We all get on and everyone gives you a slap on the back and encourages you from time to time."

- Javier Hernandez 

07/12/2010 11:29, Report by James Tuck

United's family spirit

The ease with which Javier Hernandez has settled at United has often been remarked upon in the early stages of his career at Old Trafford.

The Mexican’s level-headed attitude and undoubted talent are certainly partly responsible for that, but he’s also cited United's close-knit community for helping him feel at home.

"In spite of the pressure of being at a big club of the stature of United, when you’re part of that club it’s like a big family," the striker said.

"From the backroom and coaching staff to the cooks, everyone at the club treats you the same. We all get on and everyone gives you a slap on the back and encourages you.

"I think that atmosphere has allowed me to improve as a player and grow as a person. So I’m enjoying it. I know I’m a lucky individual to be here and have the opportunity to come to this club. It’s down to hard work now and I’m really trying all the time."

Chicharito's manager, meanwhile, has compared his prodigious heading ability to that of Reds legend Denis Law.

"He’s got the spring, of course, but it’s his ability to just hang there for a second or two that can upset defenders," Sir Alex Ferguson said.

"There have been players like that in the past. You think of Denis, for instance, who had that ability, and Ian St John at Liverpool. He (Chicharito) has a marvellous spring."

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