Chicharito hails Robin van Persie: ‘I’ve learned a lot from him’

Manchester United's Javier Hernandez has been speaking about his fellow front-man Robin van Persie.

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has praised his teammate Robin van Persie as he looks ahead to Mexico’s World Cup last-16 encounter with Holland.

Hernandez netted his first goal of the tournament in his country’s 3-1 victory against Croatia on Monday, while van Persie netted three times in the Netherlands’ first two group games.

And as the two United stars prepare to face each other at the weekend, Chicharito had plenty to say about his fellow striker.

In quotes published by Sky Sports, the Mexican sharp-shooter said of coming up against van Persie, “It will be a joy. He is a teammate with whom I’ve experienced two important years.

“I’ve learned a lot from him. We won a title and it will be very nice to see him again.”

While van Persie has been Holland’s main man in the tournament to date, Hernandez has been more of a bit-part player for Miguel Herrera’s side.

But having netted against Croatia he will be hoping to be given another chance in a tantalising knock-out game.

Mexico have impressed with their defensive resilience and the masterful tactics of the colourful Herrera. But on Sunday Hernandez and his teammates will face a side coached by new United boss Louis van Gaal, who himself has impressed tactically in the competition to date.

One thing is for sure: both countries have strikers who were born to score. And either could prove to be the difference when they come face-to-face.

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