Hernández: I don’t care if I’m on the bench as long as Man United win

Manchester United striker Javier Hernández insists he is content to be used as a substitute as long as his side are winning games

Javier Hernández
Manchester United striker Javier Hernández has scored nine goals this season Photo: The Sport Review

Javier Hernández

Javier Hernández insists he has no problem with being used as an impact substitute for Manchester United.

The Mexico striker has netted 29 goals since joining the Red Devils in August 2010 – 10 of which he netted after coming off the bench.

“I just want to help my team,” Hernández told United’s website. “I don’t care if I’m on the bench. Last year I was on the bench at the start and then I was in the team towards the end of the season. The gaffer has the answers.

“Every player in every team wants to play as many minutes as possible, but I don’t care if I start or I’m a substitute. I just want to enjoy it. I am living a dream to play for Manchester United.”

The 23-year-old has sparkled for United since sealing a move to Old Trafford from Guadalajara at the beginning of last season and has already netted nine goals this term.

But despite his impressive record as a substitute—only Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has netted more goals from the bench for the Red Devils—he insists he approaches every game with the same mentality.

“I don’t know what makes me effective as a substitute,” he added. “I don’t have the answer.

“In football you can’t always come up with a reason, because of this or that. I don’t play any different [whether I start a game or come on as a substitute].

“If I play one minute, 10 minutes or 90 minutes I try to play the same. My mind is always to do my best and help my team. There are some times in the game when we need to score and perhaps I have had a little bit of luck.”

Reflecting on United’s season ahead of the Europa League last-32 clash with Ajax at Old Trafford on Thursday, Hernández added: “I think every season is difficult. My first year was also very difficult. I’d changed all my life to come here to England.

“There isn’t going to be a season where everything is really good or a season when it’s really bad and I am suffering a lot. We need to keep the balance. Sometimes football is going to give you good things and sometimes it’s going to give you bad things. It’s part of the game.

“The only thing I can do is ensure my attitude is positive so I can help my team. The most important thing is that Manchester United wins all the games.”

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