FOOTBALL NEWS

16/02/2012 22:21, Report by Adam Bostock

Chicha enjoys second goal

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez's third goal in three games for Manchester United could make a big difference when Ajax come to Old Trafford next Thursday.

The Mexican made it 2-0 to the Reds at the Amsterdam ArenA with a cool finish six minutes from full-time and while he says the lead is not unassailable, it certainly makes life more comfortable for the English champions.

"I always say I don’t care if I score or not," said Chicharito, who also netted against Stoke and Chelsea recently before sitting out last Saturday's win over Liverpool. "The most important thing [about my goal against Ajax] is that we have two away goals instead of just one, that will help us a lot. We can’t say we are already through, however, as there are still another 90 minutes to play. We have to go and finish this at home."

Hernandez admitted he enjoyed his first taste of the Europa League - "Of course, because we won. We played against a very difficult team at their home and they played very well but thankfully we scored twice in the second half."

The striker agreed that David De Gea had also played his part in the victory. The United keeper produced his party-piece flying saves in the latter stages against Chelsea and Liverpool, but in Amsterdam, he pulled one off to deny Siem de Jong when it was still 0-0 early on.

"David is a great goalkeeper. He’s improving, he’s learning and he’s in a great moment," added Hernandez on MUTV.

MoreValencia out for a month | Returning Reds please Jones | Player ratings

OFFICIAL SPONSORS