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Double delight for Hernandez

'Chicharito' keen to continue scoring for Red Devils after away triumph

By Elliot Ball.   Last Updated: 24/10/10 8:09pm

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Javier Hernandez was delighted to inspire Manchester United to victory at Stoke while Gary Neville hailed Sunday's 2-1 success.

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The striker netted twice to give Sir Alex Ferguson's men a first away win of the Premier League season at the end of an extraordinary week dominated by headlines surrounding fellow forward Wayne Rooney.

Rooney initially told the Red Devils he wanted to leave Old Trafford before penning a new five-year deal on Friday.

And Rooney will have been glad to see his team-mate take some of the headlines away from him as he celebrated his 25th birthday.

No heroes

Hernandez told Sky Sports afterwards: "We were very happy with the result. We know about Stoke's style and are delighted.

"I'm working a lot because I want to stay here a long time and win a lot of tournaments."

On the first goal, an impressive 27th-minute header, he added: "I jumped and saw the ball behind me and tried to head it towards the goal.

"I don't remember doing it in training. It's a good goal but the most important thing is the result. Here there are no heroes, it is about the team.

"My team-mates trust in me and all the staff too. It's an unbelievable opportunity for me to play with the biggest team in the world."

Important

Neville was incredibly fortunate not to be sent off at the end of the first half when referee Andre Marriner declined to show him a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Stoke's Matthew Etherington.

And the veteran defender said afterwards: "It was important we won, drawing so many away games has not been so good.

"When Tuncay's goal went in we thought 'oh no, not again' so the winner was fantastic.

"I'm disappointed having to come off at half-time. I want to get my season going and I wanted to play 90 minutes today - but it's a great result for us."

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