Hernandez up for the fight at Old Trafford

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has admitted that he is ready to fight for a place in Sir Alex Ferguson’s starting XI, amid increased competition for places in the Premier League champions’ forward line.

The Mexico international had an impressive maiden season in England last term, exceeding expectations to become a mainstay in the Old Trafford outfit’s frontline.

However with the emergence of Danny Welbeck, and Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen also in contention for a place alongside Wayne Rooney, Chicharito knows he will have to be at his best to play.

“It’s not a problem,” the 23-year-old told Inside Inside.

“I’ve come to learn that there will always be competition, at any club. You look around on the training pitch and there are almost 30 players, but only 11 can start a game. So it’s tough.

“You’ll always have disappointments. It helps you improve, though. On the training ground everybody wants to do their best, they want to prove what they can do and earn a spot in the team,” he stated.

Despite having a frustrating start to this campaign through injury, Hernandez is happy to be playing for United.

“It’s unbelievable,” he continued.

“In some ways I’m still getting used to wearing this shirt and being around these incredible players, seeing my name on a Manchester United teamsheet… it’s amazing.

“Some days I wake up and I just can’t believe it. I’m living in this great country, playing for the best club in the world in the best league in the world. I’m so thankful for that,” the South American finished.

By Gareth McKnight