Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has revealed that he almost quit football before joining the Premier League champions.
The Mexico international last month signed a new five-year contract at Old Trafford after making a huge impression during his first season in England. Hernandez scored 20 goals in all competitions last term after joining United from Chivas of Guadalajara in summer 2010.
Yet the 23-year-old has not always enjoyed his football and told Inside United: "It was about three years ago and I had a lot of questions about whether or not this was the path God wanted me to follow. I wasn't playing much football, I was being kept in the reserves. I was disappointed younger players were coming through and getting ahead of me, and it really got me down, even away from football.
"I talked a lot with my parents, my grandparents, my sister and my girlfriend about my situation, and they helped me realise that this is what I was meant to do. I know now that I'm a very lucky guy and I'm glad I made the decision to keep playing. That experience taught me a lot."
Hernandez missed the start of the current campaign after suffering concussion during a pre-season training session in the US. The player spent time in hospital after the incident but was never concerned that the condition was serious.
Hernandez said: "I just headed the ball on the wrong part of my head. It was a very strong cross, the ball moved in the air, and it hit me on the back of my head. I think all injuries – in football or in life – are scary and it's never nice to have bad headaches or be throwing up.
"But I knew I would be OK. This had happened twice before in Mexico, when I'd clashed heads with another player. So I knew what was happening to me, I knew the symptoms and knew I'd feel OK again."Reuse content