Hernandez craves starts

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is determined to prove himself worthy of a regular spot in David Moyes' team.

Last Updated: 09/10/13 at 13:21 Post Comment

Latest Articles

Transfer news: Juventus confident Arturo Vidal will not join Manchester United

Post comment

Juventus are confident Arturo Vidal will not be lured away by Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

Transfer news: Southampton hand Harrison Reed new four-year contract

Post comment

Harrison Reed has committed his future to Southampton after signing a new four-year contract at St Mary’s.

All Articles

Javier Hernandez: Determined to compete

Javier Hernandez: Determined to compete

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is determined to prove himself worthy of a regular spot with the Old Trafford outfit.

Hernandez's late return for pre-season training after appearing in the Confederations Cup for Mexico means he has been one of the players who has struggled to make an impact during David Moyes' first couple of months as United manager.

So far he has managed just two starts, plus three more substitute appearances amounting to a grand total of 34 minutes.

Hernandez has still made a positive impact, scoring the only goal in last month's Capital One Cup win over Liverpool at Old Trafford.

But he wants more, even if he acknowledges the competition is pretty stiff.

"I am going on four years here at Manchester United and, like I have always said, I am happy to be able to play for one of the best clubs in the world," he told Mexican TV station Deportes Telemundo.

"I am happy, doing my best every single day to earn more minutes on the pitch.

"All of us want to be able to contribute our part so this team can win championships."

Yet, with Wayne Rooney remaining at Old Trafford, it is hard to see how Hernandez can make the permanent breakthrough he has been craving since arriving at United from Mexican outfit Chivas in 2010.

And that may eventually force the 25-year-old to look elsewhere in a bid to further his career.

"I strive for that, I am working towards that; earning a spot as a starter," said Hernandez, who over the coming days will attempt to revive Mexico's fortunes and prevent them from missing their first World Cup since 1990.

"I know my performance on the pitch will allow me to achieve that goal some day either here [in Manchester] or elsewhere for any other club.

"I just need to be given more opportunities to showcase what I can do."

It is a tricky situation though as Hernandez clearly relishes the battle for a first-team spot with such stellar team-mates.

"What better way to compete anywhere in the world than to compete with them (Rooney and Robin van Persie)?" he said.

"The competition inside the team has always been really healthy. That helps a lot. Everyone wants to earn a starting spot."

And after such a difficult start to the season, that competition is exactly what United need to push themselves back up the table.

"The training and matches coming up will force us to step up and help the team grow both at an individual and collective level."


New Sky Bet customers: Claim free £5 bet every week


Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Liverpool's Adam Lallana could miss start of Premier League with knee injury

Adam Lallana looks set to miss the start of the new Premier League season after suffering a knee injury in training.

Liverpool: Fara Williams welcomes Steven Gerrard contract news

Fara Williams reckons the contract set to be handed to Steven Gerrard will give Liverpool supporters a huge boost.

Transfer news: Sunderland sign Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea

Sunderland have completed the signing of Holland left-back Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea on a four-year deal.

Mail Box

Are Pre-Season Tours Really A Problem?

Are pre-season tours really a problem? Liverpool went to Australia last summer and it didn't prevent them from having a good season. Plus, thoughts on LvG and keepers...

It Isn't Easy Supporting Spurs, You Know

We have a long mail about the travails of supporting Spurs, plus Friday thoughts on Marko Marin, marketing, victory v beauty, travelling and vanishing sprays...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property