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Sir Alex Ferguson heaps praise on ‘terrific’ Javier Hernandez after saving Manchester United’s blushes

By Paddy von Behr

Sir Alex Ferguson heaped praise on Javier Hernandez after the striker scored twice to help Manchester United come from behind to beat Braga in the Champions League.

Two from the diminutive Mexican and goal for Jonny Evans rescued United after they found themselves 2-0 down early in the game.

And the manager paid compliment to Hernandez, who hasn’t featured heavily at Old Trafford this season.

“The boy is improving all the time,” he said. “He is fantastic in training and he’s always practising.

“His goal ratio for us is fantastic. For his second goal he bends around the back of the defender.

“It is a great ball in from Tom Cleverley but his movement is terrific.”

Ferguson also highlighted the issue Hernandez’s performance gives him, as he tries to accommodate all his striking options.

“He’s given me a problem – but that’s a good thing,” Ferguson said.

However, the United boss was frustrated with his team’s defending, which allowed the visitors to score twice early on and has been a regular problem this season.

“I can’t understand our defending, I can’t get to the bottom of it. We certainly make it difficult for ourselves,” he added.

“If you analyse the goals we are conceding they are all different types.

“It is difficult to put my finger on it and it certainly doesn’t give us a good start to games that’s for sure.

“It is always at home as well. It is not a problem away from Old Trafford, at least not in terms of early goals but we will sort it though, I’m sure of that.”

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