Javier Hernandez vows to overcome tough spell at Manchester United

 

Javier Hernandez is not beating himself up about the 'second-season syndrome' he is enduring at Manchester United.

The Mexican forward was one of the major success stories of last season, proving to be a bargain at £7million as he contributed 20 goals to United capturing their record 19th league title and reaching the Champions League final.

However, Hernandez has found life much tougher this term and has not scored in five games since his goal against Newcastle at Old Trafford in November, his longest barren run in his entire 18 months with the Red Devils.

The 23-year-old was an unused substitute in Sunday's FA Cup win at Manchester City and now appears to have fallen behind Danny Welbeck in Sir Alex Ferguson's list of strikers.

"There are different circumstances because I have had more injuries this season, but I am still enjoying it," Hernandez told MUTV. "I am still learning and working hard, trying to improve day by day.

"Each year it is going to be more difficult. In the first season not only the defenders but also the coaches didn't know me.

"Now, and in the third and fourth seasons, they are going to know me even more. But good players like Wayne (Rooney), (Robin) Van Persie and (Didier) Drogba have been here five, six years or more and still play at the same high level. I need to keep working to do the same."

Meanwhile, United can expect to receive in excess of 6,000 tickets for their FA Cup tie at Liverpool later this month.

Although Liverpool have yet to confirm the exact figure, Liverpool City Council have informed United supporters that objections to them getting their full allocation of 6,400 have now been removed.

Instead, the two seats at the end of each row, amounting to around 300, will not be sold.

"We have taken into account the improvement of the Manchester United supporters at the most recent Premier League fixture," Stephen Clare, Liverpool City Council's principal licensing officer said.

"Migration was still occurring to the rear of the stand, but not to the extent of previous years."

Press Association Sport also understands additional security will be present and the front row of the top tier of the Anfield Road stand will not be sold in a bid to ensure the United fans do not come under fire from objects thrown from above, as was the case when the two sides last met in the FA Cup at Anfield in 2006.

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