Man Utd 2-1 Marseille: Chicharito At The Double (With Photos)

Chris Wright

16th, March 2011


By Chris Wright

Despite not being wholly convincing on the evening, Manchester United marched into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory over Marseille at Old Trafford last night – courtesy of a brace from their poacher incarnate, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez.

By our slightly dubious calculation, that makes it 16 goals from 18 goal-bound attempts in only 17 starts for Hernandez – not bad for a maiden campaign, not bad at all.

A late Wes Brown own-goal may well have buggered things up for United had Marseille taken any of the three glorious chances they managed to carve themselves just before half-time but, alas, the Little Pea’s shooting boots proved decisive once again.


Both sets of players observe a minute’s silence to remember the victims of the tsunami in Japan

Chicharito opens the scoring, turning Wayne Rooney’s cross in at the back post

Chicharito celebrates his first goal of the evening

Gabriel Heinze and Nani scrap for the ball

Chris Smalling rises highest and beats Stephane M’bia in an aerial battle

Wayne Rooney bustles past Stephane M’bia

Gabriel Heinze fells Chicharito

Chicharito steers Ryan Giggs’ low centre in for his second of the evening

Souleymane Diawara and Steve Mandanda are left dejected by United’s second goal

Rafael da Silva leaves the pitch on a stretcher after suffering a hamstring injury

Wayne Rooney receives touchline instructions from Sir Alex Ferguson

Paul Scholes fails to clear Wes Brown’s own goal off the line

Wayne Rooney salutes the United supporters after the final whistle

Photos courtesy of the PA.

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  1. George says:

    Where did you get the 16 goals from 18 attempts from? Just thinking about the Arsenal game, he had at least 2 on target shots (that I can remember) that didn’t go in. Does that mean every single other shot he’s taken has gone in? That’s surely not true.

  2. Chris says:

    We could be wrong as no actual fact-checking took place, but before scoring two goals from two attempts last night, the stat doing the rounds was that Chicharito had notched 14 goals from 16 shots on target this season.

  3. George says:

    Okay fair play. I’m not entirely convinced, but I’ll take your word for it.

  4. emmy mu says:

    these are well gud pics

  5. George says:

    According to football365, Hernandez conversion rate is 65%. That’s still ridiculously good, but not quite 16/18.

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