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Default Ryan Giggs heaps praise on Manchester United's Javier Hernández

• 'He has made a fantastic impact on and off the pitch'
• Manager thinks Giggs can play on in 2012-13

Ryan Giggs believes Javier Hernández deserves all the praise he is getting for a magnificent debut season at Manchester United.

"Twenty goals in his first season is unbelievable," said the Welshman. "You are always in with a chance when you have a goalscorer like Javier in your team. He has made a fantastic impact, on and off the pitch."

"His English is perfect, which has helped," Giggs said, before turning his focus on to the Mexican's crucial opening goal in the 2-1 victory over Chelsea. "His goal just sums up his season. Sometimes those chances can come a bit early for you. You are not quite up to speed. Thirty seconds, he gets a chance, he scores. He deserves everything that has been said about him."

In heaping praise on Hernández, Giggs is deflecting some away from himself. He might have been fortunate to be made the official man-of-the-match prize for Sunday's match ahead of the tireless contribution of Park Ji-sung and another stellar contribution from Antonio Valencia on the right wing, but Giggs brings a calmness and direction to United's performances.

No wonder Ferguson raised the possibility on Sunday of Giggs continuing into the 2012-13 season, having already signed a one-year contract extension to take him beyond his 38th birthday and into his 22nd campaign in the first team.

Should United collect the single point required to clinch the title, it would be a 12th for Giggs, but not one he is willing to celebrate just yet. "We have a great chance haven't we?" he said.

"We have to get a point from two games, one of which is at home, where our form has been brilliant. But mathematically we are not there, so we can't celebrate."

United can seal their 19th title on Saturday at the ground where they felt last season's was lost – Blackburn's Ewood Park.

Ferguson has vowed to maintain focus for the remaining two games, although given his second string were good enough to reach the Champions League final in midweek, the prospect of United taking it easy is not likely to bring much comfort to Blackburn and Blackpool.

"We all concede that we weren't playing brilliantly in the first half of the season. But we were getting results," said Giggs.

"In the second half of the season our performances and results have been excellent. We don't really care what people say. We know the quality that is in the dressing room, so does the manager."

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