Like most people who come into contact with him, Robin van Persie is full of admiration for Javier Hernandez’s positive attitude on and off the field.
Chicharito possesses an infectious joie de vivre, seemingly regardless of how well he is playing for United – or even if he is playing at all.
The Mexican was an unused substitute at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday but is always ready to take advantage of an opportunity, as his four goals off the bench already this season show.
It’s rubbing off on van Persie. When asked by MUTV if Hernandez and fellow young striker Danny Welbeck could learn from him, the derby match-winner said: “It goes both ways – I can learn from them as well.
“For example, I love Chicharito’s enthusiasm. I love how he plays and trains and does his work off the pitch after training.
“A couple of weeks ago he wasn’t playing as much, but he was in the gym every day doing extra work, and that sets a big example for everyone.
“Danny, too. He’s not playing in his favourite position at the moment but we need him and he’s working hard.
“So when you have four strikers being so professional, it sets the tone for the others. Everyone realises we are all in it together and we all need to do our bit.”