in the 1986 World Cup and was nicknamed 'Chicharo' ('pea') because of his green eyes.
An out-and-out striker, Chicharito is quick, two-footed and strong in the air, qualities that have seen him likened to Reds legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He made an early impact at international level, scoring twice for Mexico in the 2010 World Cup just days before completing his switch to United.
Those goals introduced him to a wider global audience and would undoubtedly have led to a clamour for his signature – precisely the reason why United moved fast to complete the deal before the tournament began.
It quickly became clear why Sir Alex was so keen to sign Hernandez. After an eye-catching, goalscoring debut in pre-season against an MLS All-Stars side, Paul Scholes predicted the Mexican would score 25 goals in his first campaign.
And though Hernandez was expected to be eased into the first team gradually, Sir Alex could not ignore his ability in front of goal for long. Chicharito grabbed his chance with both hands. He's a born finisher and scored all kinds of goals in 2010/11, among them numerous vital matchwinners.
By the end of a season in which he picked up his first league winners'