Strike duo take plaudits
Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie’s electrifying showing at Wigan Athletic had Sir Alex Ferguson purring afterwards.
The strike duo were recalled for the short trip to the DW Stadium after starting on the bench against West Brom and shared the goals in the 4-0 triumph, ensuring it was a difficult afternoon for the home defence on New Year’s Day.
In the continued absence of Wayne Rooney, the pair’s performance in tandem provides options for the boss with Danny Welbeck also coming off the bench to contribute by assisting the final goal.
“Chicha, as we’ve known since the day he came, is a penalty-box player,” Sir Alex informed MUTV. “He’s tremendous in the way he latches onto things and reacts to things brilliantly.
“Robin is a completely rounded footballer with his ability to make and take goals. His first goal was an absolutely magnificent bit of football, with his balance in turning defender and then, no drawback, he just side-footed it into the net. It was a really good goal.
“We knew we were getting a top player, a major player, who was going to make the difference to the team. Those were my thoughts when we went for him. I knew he would make the difference because he’s got maturity, great international experience and he’s played for Arsenal for seven years.
“He’s come to us at the very peak of his career, which we’re delighted at.”
Veteran Ryan Giggs, also impressive at the DW Stadium on Tuesday, was quick to offer his own words of praise to van Persie for another stand-out performance by the Barclays Premier League’s leading goalscorer.
“I was right next to him when he scored [his first goal],” said Giggs. “It’s the technique and the calmness…everything about the goal epitomises him. He’s just a class act and a great goalscorer.
“He’s scored all types of goals as well. We’re really pleased he’s here and he’s getting better and better.”