Ferguson happy with Javier
Sir Alex Ferguson hailed the killer instinct of Javier Hernandez in Man Utd's 4-0 defeat of Wigan.
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Last Updated: 26/02/11 9:29pm
Sir Alex Ferguson hailed the killer instinct of Javier Hernandez in Manchester United's 4-0 defeat of Wigan and praised the performance of all of his squad after the three substitutes had a hand in the goals.
Hernandez was the surprise inclusion for Ferguson's men in the trip to the DW Stadium as he was selected ahead of Dimitar Berbatov who had to be content with a place on the bench.
And the Mexican wasted no time in justifying his start as he converted a Nani cross in the 17th minute and again proved clinical in front of goal when Hernandez, nicknamed 'Chicharito', slotted home a Wayne Rooney through ball.
Despite the scoreline, Wigan remained resilient and worked hard to threaten United as Edwin van der Sar had to be on top form to deny Maynor Figueroa and Victor Moses.
"The first 20 minutes it was all Wigan, (they had) some great attempts. We'll have to thank our goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar who was terrific, he stood up very well and made two or three very good saves," Ferguson told Sky Sports.
"We got the goal from a little breakaway, it was a terrific finish from Chicharito, of course, that's what he's good at.
"Second half I thought we played really well. Excellent performance in the second half - we could've scored a few more goals."
On Hernandez's performance in particular, Ferguson added: "He is very, very good.
"You're hoping he gets those chances and he does put them away, his percentage is very high and we're very pleased with his performance today."
The Scotsman will also be pleased with his side's clean sheet as the injured Rio Ferdinand's stand-in Chris Smalling partnered Nemanja Vidic.
The pairing again proved a difficult barrier to break which seemed to frustrate the usual threatening forces of Hugo Rodallega and Charles N'Zogbia.
Rooney, who was involved in a first-half altercation with James McCarthy which Ferguson said was "next to nothing", made sure of the points when he tapped in from close range after substitutes Berbatov and Darron Gibson linked up in the build-up.
Then with three minutes to spare United's third substitute Fabio netted the fourth goal to send the Red Devils four points clear at the top.
That result also puts United in good stead to face Chelsea on Tuesday and then Liverpool a week on Sunday in what could add weight to who will lift the Premier League trophy.
"We've got big games ahead and it's a good start, I think that to win 4-0 away from home against Wigan is very good, particularly (because) it's a new pitch and they were very committed early on," added Ferguson.
"The 11 players who performed today and the subs that came on did really well."