Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez joined Manchester United in the summer of 2010, moving from Mexican side Chivas Guadalajara.
Not many had heard of ‘The Little Pea’ prior to his arrival, despite the 26-year-old scoring Mexico’s all-important opener against France in a 2-0 World Cup win in South Africa.
Arriving at Old Trafford having just turned 22, Chicharito had very little experience outside of Mexico.
Expected to be just a bit-part player or possibly sent out on loan, the former Chivas man stunned Old Trafford by adapting with ease and netting 20 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions in his debut season.
In the build up to Mexico’s international friendly with Ecuador, the 26-year-old revealed that fellow teammate and good friend Antonio Valencia made the move to United much easier before going on to praise the Ecuadorian international.
“He took me in really well. He was one of the players who helped me most to adapt, obviously because of the language. He has grown as a player, he is the captain of his country which has improved a lot and it’s great that they have returned to the World Cup.” He said, quoted by the Mexican press Record.
Described as two-footed, quick and fantastic in the air, former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has likened Hernandez to former United goal-poacher Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.