Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Hernandez hails young contenders

Javier Hernandez

Striker Javier Hernandez believes Manchester United's younger players have helped maintain competition and hunger within the squad.

The 23-year-old may be considered a first-choice forward alongside Wayne Rooney but Danny Welbeck has made a big impression this season. And with the likes of fellow-youngster Phil Jones making an immediate impact after his summer transfer from Blackburn, Hernandez thinks there is a healthy rivalry within the squad.

"You look around on the training pitch and there are almost 30 players but only 11 can start a game so it's tough," the Mexico international told Inside United.

"It's not a problem. I've come to learn that there will always be competition, at any club.

"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.

"We have a lot of young players who are hungry to do well and that helps inspire the rest of the squad.

"They may have been here for many years and won a lot of trophies but they still have a lot of desire.

"I think we have a good mix of youth and experience and that will be very important for us."

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