Hernandez ready to replace Rooney at Man Utd

Javier Hernandez has insisted he can fight off the competition and replace Wayne Rooney at Manchester United as the England striker recovers from the gashed leg that will rule him out of action for the foreseeable future, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The newspaper adds that the cut Rooney suffered to his thigh, the result of an accidental collision with Fulham forward Hugo Rodallega, could keep the former Everton forward out of Manchester United’s fixtures for the next two months.

Hernandez, however, is eager to take the chance that Rooney’s injury may well afford him. Having impressed in his first season at United, scoring 20 goals, last year was more difficult for the Mexican international as Danny Welbeck came to the fore at Old Trafford. And now Robin van Persie has moved to the club from Arsenal, Hernandez faces even greater competition that before.

But the forward is not fazed, stressing that he had to deal with competition for places as a young player and does not expect it to be any different now. He said: “There is competition for places but you always have that. I had that in youth teams 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.

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