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STILL LEARNING

The Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has said that he still has a lot to learn from his teammate Javier Hernandez. The Mexican striker has not been in the first team often this season, but it is incredible to know that he scored 20 goals in his debut season with Manchester United. Due to the presence of players like Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney ahead of him in the pecking order, Hernandez has found himself in the substitute bench more often than not. Despite this, he has contributed immensely to the team coming on as a substitute in many matches.

The star striker Robin van Persie has said that he has learned a lot from the Mexican, who is extremely enthusiastic in training and on the pitch. Van Persie has credited the way Hernandez spends a lot of time on the gym even though he has not been used more often by the manager. Van Persie has also praised the enthusiasm of the young striker Danny Welbeck, who has not been used in his favourite position by the manager this season. Van Persie has made an instant impact on the Manchester United team after scoring 14 goals so far this campaign. He was signed from Arsenal for £ 24 million.

“It goes both ways — I can learn from them as well. For example, I love Chicharito’s enthusiasm. I love how he plays and trains and does his work off the pitch after training. A couple of weeks ago he wasn’t playing as much, but he was in the gym every day doing extra work and that sets a big example for everyone. So when you have four strikers being so professional, it sets the tone for the others,” said van Persie. United opened a six-point advantage over City courtesy of the van Persie strike in the Manchester derby.

CHELSEA WIN IS CRUCIAL

The Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has said that the 3-2 win over Chelsea in the Premier league during the weekend could be extremely crucial in the title race come the end of the season. Javier Hernandez scored an offside goal against Chelsea during the weekend to help his team get all three points. Chelsea were reduced to 9 men after red cards to Fernando Torres and the defender Branislav Ivanovic. The Mexican striker was introduced after Chelsea were reduced to 9 men, and the man advantage in the latter stages certainly helped United get all three points.

This was the first victory for Manchester United at Stamford Bridge since 2002, which made it more special according to the Mexican. Manchester United raced to 2 goal lead after just 20 min on the clock through an own goal from David Luiz and Robin van Persie helped United doubled their advantage. However, since then, Manchester United were on the back foot, as Chelsea rose to the occasion in brilliant fashion. Juan Mata pulled one back just before the interval, while the midfielder Ramires scored with a header to complete an incredible turnaround before the referee spoiled the match with two red cards and a bad decision for the goal.

“This game could have changed the title. That’s why it was important we didn’t allow them to get ahead. It was vital to get the three points at a very tough place. We are in there in the fight to win [the Premier League]. I don’t’ care… the referee counted it. When Robin [van Persie] shot and [Petr] Cech made a great save I went for the rebound and the ball went to Rafael. The first thing was to get along the line of defenders because I thought that was where the ball was going to go,” said Hernandez.

NO MISTAKES THIS TIME

The Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has said that he is confident that the club will be not making the same mistakes as they have made in the past European campaigns and do well in the Champions League this time around. Despite being in the final of the Champions League numerous occasions the past, the club were unable to get past the group stages of the competition last time around.

This meant that they finished trophyless for the first time after four years, with Man City winning the Premier League. Javier Hernandez was not used to the full extent last season due to the emergence of Danny Welbeck.

However, he has had a few first-team opportunities this season and he recently scored against Wigan during the weekend. As a result of the goals against Wigan, he is now confident that Sir Alex Ferguson will pick up for the match against Galatasaray in the group stages of the Champions League. One of the main mistakes that the club made in the last season was not taking the group matches seriously, which led to the likes of Benfica getting a result at Old Trafford. Javier Hernandez has said that the club will be looking to get all three points in their first home European match.

“We know the history of this club. We know we have to aim for the top in every competition. We always look to the Champions League final and we try to win it. That’s the only thing in our mind. We want to prove we can win and not make the same mistakes as we did last season,” said Hernandez ahead of the match. Even though Manchester United will not have the full complement of defenders, the club will certainly be confident ahead of this match due to the weekends result against Wigan.

NO COMPLACENCY

Javier Hernandez Balcazar, who is more popularly known as Chicharito, has said that the Mexico players became a bit complacent after winning the Gold medal in the Olympics. That complacency resulted in the team’s defeat in the friendly match against USA. As per Chicharito, luckily, the match was a friendly one and the team didn’t have to suffer much due to that defeat. The USA team had defeated Mexico in the friendly match by 1-0 on 15th of August.  The match was played at Estadio Azteca Aztec stadium. The US team managed to take a lead in the 80th minute of the match and the Mexico players weren’t able to score a leveler within 10 minutes.

Chicharito said that the team was disappointed after that loss. The players went into the match with a lot of confidence after winning the gold medal in the Olympics. But, the USA players played very well and pulled off an upset. In the last few days, there have been speculations that Chicharito might leave Manchester United this summer. According to the reports, after the inclusion of Robin Van Persie in the United squad, Chicharito is not likely to get regular chances to play in the first team in the upcoming season.  So, he wants to sign for some other club. On being asked about that, Chicharito said that these reports are just rumours and he is not thinking about leaving Manchester United.

The performance of Chicharito was pretty decent in the last season. Chicharito said that he would not leave the club without finishing his contract. It has been wonderful to play for United so far and he has learnt a lot under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson. He wants to take his performance to the next level in the upcoming season.

HARD WORK FOR MEXICO

Mexico and the Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has said that the national team has a lot of work to do in the World Cup qualifier match against El Salvador. The national team began their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 3-1 win over Guyana. Yet, Hernandez reckons that the work is not over yet and they need to continue the good work with victory against El Salvador.

Mexico took a 3-0 lead just after the second half began in the match against Guyana. However, Hernandez is of the opinion that Mexico should have won by a much bigger margin than the 3-1 result because they were far superior.

He told Man Utd news that there is still room for improvement within the team in the way they play. Hence, he has warned El Salvador that they can expect much better from Mexico in the upcoming World Cup qualifier. Mexico are one of the favourites to get into the 2014 FIFA World Cup due to the strength of their squad in this region. In fact, due to the quality of their young talent that includes the likes of Hernandez, they are one of the favourites to achieve something big at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, though Lionel Messi might have something to say about that!

“The El Salvador match will be difficult, but we still have to think of the Guyana match because there are things to improve. We should have won by a wider margin. Even winning, drawing or losing, there are always things to improve,” said Hernandez ahead of the El Salvador match. El Salvador, though, can come into the match with confidence high due to the fact that we have won the 2010 World Cup qualifier match between the two sides 2-1. The Mexican coach, though, has said that the current side should not pay too much attention to this match.

SECOND SEASON SYNDROME

Last season, Mexican football star Chicharito’s name was in all the fan’s lips, but in this season he appears to be just an afterthought. It would be quite easy to forget that still Chicharito scored a respectable twelve goals in 33 matches and most of them as substitute player, yet there is quite less of an atmosphere when Chicharito’s name appears on the team list these days.

Last year, it appeared a foregone conclusion, that when Chicharito would begin, he would score. At this point of time, the opposite appears to be true. After the match against Wigan, one follower tweeted, “Hernandez…should NEVER start again for the remaining games”.

No one exercises the knee jerk action like the Manchester United rooters are capable of doing at times. Many believe that the Mexican lad does not offer the team like Dimitar Berbatov or Danny Welbeck from the beginning of a match. None the less, Chicharito stays as the second most fertile of Manchester United’s strikers this season.

Now Rooney leads the field quite comfortably with thirty-one goals in all competitions while Chicharito is the next best with twelve, followed by Welbeck (who has played more matches than this Mexican international) and Dimitar Berbatov with nine goals in all competitions even though he appeared only twenty times in this season, creating him as the most effective of the three. With very little to offer, many consider Chicharito as a spent force in this premier league season.

Probably he is suffering from a second season syndrome at the Old Trafford or it may truly be his poor form. Chicharito had a great 2010 World Cup in South Africa and he joined United in that year as a surprise package. That season he proved to be one of the most prominent footballer in United’s Premier League title win.