Javier Hernandez insists he has no intention of leaving Manchester United, and will instead fight for a place in Sir Alex Ferguson’s line-up.
The Mexican enjoyed an impressive debut campaign in England when he helped the Reds win the Premier League in 2010-11, but he struggled to recapture this form in his second season although he did chip in with ten goals in 28 appearances. This term, though, he has yet to feature for the Old Trafford outfit.
Ferguson has spent over £20million to add Robin van Persie to his attacking options, which also includes England international duo Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney, as well as Dimitar Berbatov. It is little wonder, then, that Hernandez is struggling to force his way into the first team picture at present.
This has led to speculation that the 24-year-old could ask for a transfer, despite his current contract running until the summer of 2016. There would certainly be plenty of takers for his signature, but the striker has acted quickly to rule out an exit by insisting he is fully prepared to fight for his place in the starting eleven.
“The great thing about this club is you know you will get opportunities because we play so many games in different tournaments,” he told the club’s official website. “There is competition for places but you always have that. I had that when I was growing up and we have it here now because you need a big squad of players.
“There are only 11 places each week and you need to do your best to get one of those places, but it’s great to have that competition because it means every player will have to raise the level of their game. The gaffer has the decisions to make, but for me I just focus on doing my best every day in training and in every game.”
Hernandez should get his fair share of football over the coming weeks due to an injury to Rooney. The former Everton youngster suffered an horrific-looking gash to his leg in the 3-2 win over Fulham on Saturday afternoon, and some reports suggest he could be out of action for as long as two weeks.