Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute to Javier Hernandez after the striker’s late goal at Valencia secured a 1-0 win in the Champions League.
Hernandez stepped off the bench to fire home with five minutes remaining and earn United an valuable three points.
“The way he took his chance, it was like shelling peas. It was so natural to him,” said a delighted Ferguson.
“He has work to do on his physique but you cannot take away from the fact that he is a fantastic finisher.”
Hernandez was delighted to score his first competitive goal following his move from Chivas for £7m in the summer.
“It was a great night,” added the 22-year-old. “I am so happy about the goal but also it was important to get the win and the three points.
“I always used to watch the Champions League when I was back home in Mexico. It is one of the most important tournaments in the world, so I was always keeping up with it.
“The goal will give me so much confidence. I am only at the start of my career with United and to score so early in the Champions League is a big boost.
“It is great to be a Manchester United player and I want that to continue for a long time.”
Ferguson believes United’s European campaign is back on track after their disappointing 0-0 draw at home against Rangers in Group C two weeks ago.
“It’s a great result for us. It’s not easy coming here,” he stated. “Rangers also won tonight and have got Valencia in a double header next, so it’s important we kick on now.”
United had only beaten Spanish opposition once in 18 previous visits to the country.