6:45AM GMT 05 Jan 2011
Javier Hernández and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer like two little peas in a pod at Manchester United
Within seconds of Javier Hernández guiding a back-heeled flick past Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic for his ninth goal of the season, the perimeter boards around Old Trafford flashed ‘Farewell to a Legend — Ole Solskjaer Tribute on MUTV’. Perfect timing.
Sir Alex Ferguson has already spoken of the similarities between the Norwegian dubbed the Baby-Faced Assassin and the Mexican who goes by the name of the Little Pea, and here was further evidence to support the Manchester United manager’s claims.
The predatory instinct, the knack of scoring crucial goals after coming off the bench and the ruthless streak beneath the Peter Pan exterior.
Solskjaer and Hernández share the same characteristics and, uncannily, the same strike-rate. After 20 games in a United shirt, Solskjaer had scored nine goals. Hernández matched that haul last night on his 20th outing since arriving from Chivas de Guadalajara last summer.
And while Solskjaer was signed for £1.5 million in a summer when Ferguson failed to lure Alan Shearer to Old Trafford, Hernández can credit David Villa’s preference for Barcelona over United for Ferguson’s decision to invest £7 million in his potential last April.
Solskjaer, by virtue of his injury-time winner against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final, is assured of his place in United’s Hall of Fame.
Hernández, or Chicharito, as United’s marketing men seem determined to have him known, has barely started on the road towards emulating Solskjaer. But his ability to step into the void left by Wayne Rooney’s various travails has given United a new dimension this season and helped cushion the effects of Rooney’s poor form.
Having escaped his marker, Hernández flicked Nani’s cross beyond Begovic to put United ahead and add another spectacular goal to his portfolio.
His corkscrew header against Stoke City was perhaps his most memorable, but he also bundled one in with his face against Chelsea in the Community Shield and used his shoulder to notch against West Brom at the weekend. But the other goals have been clinical, nerveless strikes, straight out of the Solksjaer manual.
Javier Hernández was born on June 1st, 1988 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Javier_Hern%C3%A1ndez_Balc%C3%A1zar
6 + 1 +2+0+1+0 = 10 = his personal year (from June 1st, 2010 to June 1st, 2011) = Opportunities. Coincidences. Synchronicities. Serendipity. Destiny. Fortune. Fate. Circumstances. Setting. Placement. Timing. Fortunate. Go with the flow. Opportunity knocks. Seize the opportunity. Window of opportunity. There is a time and place for everything. Rolling the dice. Taking your chances. Things fall into place. Destiny is not a matter of chance, it’s a matter of choice. When luck offers a finger, one must take the whole hand.