Lionel Messi's Champions League Final tip

Taking a tip from Lionel Messi, Javier Hernandez could be Manchester United’s dangerman in the Champions League Final at Wembley on Saturday.

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Barca’s star knows what it takes to succeed against the best and he has not failed to be impressed with the young Mexican’s stunning introduction to European football this season.

"Hernandez is definitely one of the reasons why United have done so well,” he told pressmen in the build up to the eagerly anticipated showdown this weekend.

Hernandez made an immediate impact when making his debut against Chelsea, coming off the bench to score in the Community Shield at Wembley and has not let up since. With a mixture of ingenuity and cold-blooded poaching talent he has found the net 20 times in 44 appearances, many from the bench.

He’s the type of player Messi could see playing for Barca in Spain, saying: "Hernandez is definitely a player that could fit in here in Barcelona. He speaks Spanish and he's got a great style of play. He's very unpredictable when he's challenging his opponent and that's something we consider as a great strength in our team.”

Hernandez is likely to line up with England striker Wayne Rooney on Saturday and the pair have struck up a formidable partnership since playing together on a regular basis. William Hill is offering odds of 10/3 for Hernandez to score in his first European final and Boylesports is offering 8/1 he will score the first goal.

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