FOOTBALL NEWS

30/07/2010 15:24, Report by Gemma Thompson in Guadalajara

Nani welcomes new boy

United winger Nani has joined the chorus of praise for Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, after making way for the Mexican's first Reds appearance.

The Portuguese star, capable of scoring crackers himself, looked on in admiration as the sub who replaced him netted the team's fabulous fifth goal against MLS All-Stars in Houston.

Nani told ManUtd.com, "Chicharito is a fantastic player and he did very well in his first game for United. He scored a beautiful goal and I hope it's the first of many to come. I think he has the potential to be a really great player at this club."

The 5-2 win ensured a successful end to the pre-season tour of North America, prior to the Reds' one-off match in Mexico against Chicharito's former club Chivas. Nani certainly rated the Houston performance, on both an individual and team basis.

"It was a great game for us. We played some nice football and showed our quality and scored a few goals. I'm so happy to be part of a team performance like this one because we did very well. We will continue to work hard every day to keep improving.

"Personally I feel good. It was my second pre-season match and I enjoyed it. I know I still have a lot of hard work to do, but I'm happy with how my fitness is progressing."

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