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Hernandez scores twice to rescue Manchester United

Perhaps Manchester United might consider putting a giant S on the front of Javier Hernandez’s shirt. The Mexican supersub struck twice to rescue Manchester United from a two-goal deficit against Aston Villa to secure a 3-2 win. He even tried to claim the other goal, which was marked up as an own goal by Villa defender Ron Vlaar.

Villa had been effective in subduing United, and led by two goals from young striker Andreas Weimann, until the Mexican made his intervention for the second half. United’s all-out attacking formation changed the game, with Hernandez the key figure. After a lacklustre spell last season, he looks back to his best form.

Hernandez claimed the match ball after the game and insisted he deserved the hat-trick. "I think I hit the target and the defender touched the ball," he said of United’s second goal. "That's the decision of the referee but I've just seen the replay and that was definitely hitting the target. It doesn't matter who scored the goals. The most important thing is who is top of the league and that we came back from two goals down to win."

"He does his natural thing," United manager Alex Ferguson said. Ferguson was also inclined to credit Hernandez with a hat-trick. "He's fantastic in the box, his movement and his getting into space has got him three goals today. He's fresh this season. He's had a good summer break and it's made a difference to him."

Ferguson admired the resilience and fighting qualities of his team, but admitted they had looked vulnerable at the back. "We did put pressure on ourselves today but we came through it. The lesson is we need to do better defensively."

With their immediate rivals Chelsea and Manchester playing on the Sunday, United took the opportunity to open up a four point lead at the top of the Premier League.

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