Hernandez sets shining example that Valencia should follow

by Tom Parker

Javier Hernandez has insisted he is more than happy at Manchester United and although he admitted he hasn’t started as many games as he would like to this season, he won’t let his lack of action affect his performances.

The Mexican international has seen his role marginalised this season and starts have been particularly hard to come by with Robin van PersieWayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck all ahead of the 24-year-old in the pecking order.

But Hernandez has still scored eight goals from just six starts this campaign and his strike rate of a goal every 85 minutes is by far the best in the Premier League.

And despite his lack of game time, he insists he is ready when his chance arrives.

Speaking to MUTV, Hernandez said: “All the players in the world want to start every single game.

“I am happy to be at this club. Of course I would love to start more often but I will keep the same attitude.

“When the gaffer wants me on the bench or the starting line-up I will do my best. My attitude is going to be very good because I want to respect the club, my team-mates and the coach.”

Hernandez’ quotes come only a couple of days after Antonio Valencia admitted in contrast that he was frustrated with Ferguson after being left out of the starting XI against Manchester City.

Valencia needs to take a leaf out of Hernandez‘ book. Chicharito has a lot more reason to be frustrated with his lack of game time than Valencia does.

The Ecuadorian is yet to score this season and has only four assists to his name in 23 appearances – a far cry from his 2012 Player of the Season forom.

While starts have certainly been a bit of a rarity for Hernandez, his contribution has been unquestionable with the Mexican’s 16 goals in all competitions bettered by only summer signing Robin van Persie.

In addition to this, the former Chivas man has been named Manutd.com Player of the Month on two occasions this season and his efforts have remained recognised by the fans, who consider him a firm favourite.

It would be very surprising if Hernandez didn’t start against Stoke given van Persie‘s poor run of form and the Mexican’s great record against the Potters.

However, one does wonder whether Chicharito really is happy with his relatively small role for the club especially as he could easily be playing week-in-week-out for the majority of top teams in world football, such is his ability to find the net.