Javier Hernandez has hailed the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson as a manager who "changed football across the world" and "made the impossible dream come true".
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The 71-year-old bowed out as Manchester United boss in Sunday's 5-5 draw with West Bromwich Albion, with Hernandez scoring the final goal of his 1500-game, 26-year reign.
And the Mexico international has thanked the Scot, who won 13 league titles and two Champions Leagues during his time at Old Trafford, for the influence he has had on his career.
He told United's official website: "The impact Sir Alex has had on me is massive. He gave me this big chance to play at the biggest club in the world. He has taught me a lot and I only have thankful words for him.
"Sir Alex's retirement is not only a loss for the British fans but he has changed football across the world. He has been here for 26 years and made the impossible dream come true."
Hernandez has racked up 50 goals for United in just three seasons, despite often having to make an impact from the substitutes' bench.
However, the striker stressed that the team's achievements are more significant than individual landmarks.
"I'm very pleased to have 50 goals but the most important thing is I have won two league titles in three years with Manchester United," he said. "I have also played in a Champions League final [in 2011]. The most important thing is the team and to help the team win trophies."
Hernandez reflected on a remarkable end to Ferguson's time at Old Trafford as United, who had been 5-2 up, were pegged back by West Brom in a thriller at The Hawthorns.
He said: "It's the first time in my career that I've been involved in a game with ten goals. It was a crazy match and also a bit frustrating because we wanted to win it.
"We thought we had it won which was a mistake because we relaxed a little bit and West Brom made very good substitutions which helped their team. It's frustrating but the most important thing is we have won the league."