Hernandez has sub quality
Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez does not know how he has become the new Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Last Updated: 21/02/12 4:18pm
Javier Hernandez does not know how he has become the new Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after reaching second spot in Manchester United's top scoring substitute charts.
Despite being at United for less than two years, the Mexican's equaliser against Chelsea in the 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge was his 10th as a substitute, moving him level with Ryan Giggs.
Now only Solskjaer, who scored 28 of his 126 United goals after coming off the bench, is ahead of him on the list.
Sir Alex Ferguson felt that the Norwegian's impact as a substitute was because of the intense way he studied the game from the bench and was able to take advantage of any defensive frailties he saw.
Hernandez seems to have the same ability but was at a loss to explain how he manages to do it, saying: "I don't have the answer to what makes me effective as a substitute.
"In football you can always come up with a reason for anything, perhaps it is nothing more than having a little bit of luck.
"I just know if I play one minute, or 10, or 90, I try to play the same way. My mind is always to do my best and help my team.
"The only thing I can change is my attitude. I can do everything that I want with that.
"There are parts of the game I cannot do anything about. But I can ensure my attitude."
Whilst some players may complain about being stuck on the bench, Hernandez's attitude is commendable, as despite scoring regularly he still finds himself battling Danny Welbeck and Dimitar Berbatov for a spot in the side.
"I don't care if I am on the bench," he said. "Last year I was on the bench for a long time. I still got into the team at the end of the season.
"Every player in every team wants to play as many minutes as possible. It is the gaffer who has the answers."
Whilst some players struggle to adjust when moving to a new country and indeed a new continent, the 23-year-old seems to have settled well in Manchester which may be down to his level headed approach.
He added: "My first year was difficult. I had changed all my life to come here.
"The most important thing is to keep the balance.
"Sometimes football is going to give you good things. Sometimes it won't. It is part of the game.
"I just want to enjoy it because I am living a dream to play for Manchester United."