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A clinical goalscorer, Hernández has been described as a “goal-poacher”, due to a number of his goals being scored from close-range. His movement off the ball, pace, and ability to find space inside the box has also been praised. He has been described as one of the few players who seem capable of appearing behind a defender’s back to knock in the ball from two yards, with his playing style being compared to that of German striker Miroslav Klose. Rudi Völler, sporting director of Bayer Leverkusen, has praised Hernández for his keen positioning in front of goal, saying: “he certainly doesn’t win every tackle but he has an incredible sense of where the ball will end up”. Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson described Hernández as two-footed, very quick, in possession of a good spring, and a natural goalscorer. Ferguson also said Hernández’s style reminds him of former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær – the so-called “baby-faced assassin” who scored the injury time winner against Bayern Munich in United’s 1999 Champions League triumph. Hernández’s former team-mate Jesús Padilla described him as “amazing in the air” despite his height. Due to his small stature, he is extremely quick and agile, also possessing good technique. In a May 2016 interview with Sports Illustrated, Hernández commented on his abilities inside the penalty area, describing the intuition he has in knowing where an impending cross will fall from a teammate and outsmarting opposing defenders.