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Hernandez draws comparisons to Raul

28 December 2012 23:49

Sunderland centre-back Carlos Cuellar has compared Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez to former Real Madrid hero Raul.

The former Chivas striker is averaging a goal every 85 minutes in the English Premier League this season.

His mark is superior to such luminaries as team-mate Robin van Persie (a goal every 119 minutes), Swansea City's Michu (120) and Newcastle United's Demba Ba (143).

"He's smart, moves very well in the area," the former Rangers and Aston Villa man told El Pais. "In this sense he is like Raul. He gets all rebounds and known to be in the right place."

Cuellar did not get to see Hernandez's exploits first-hand, as the Mexican forward was an unused substitute in United's 3-1 victory over Sunderland on December 15.

Hernandez has managed 10 goals in 20 appearances across all competitions, including the winner in United's riveting 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Newcastle on Boxing Day.

"He is the main protagonist in United's comebacks," Cuellar said.

"Fans admire him a lot. (Sir Alex) Ferguson has said more than once that it hurts, pains him to not start him more often."

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