Javier Hernandez is applauding Manchester United’s spirit for fighting back in midweek and is raring to use that confidence to leave St James’ Park with three points.
The Mexican striker helped the Reds battle to victory after conceding an early goal against Romanian champions CFR Cluj on Tuesday – a Robin van Persie braced earned United their second Champions League victory.
And after they were deservedly thumped 3-0 at Newcastle last year, Chicharito promises to not let the same mistakes happen and drag their Premier League campaign back on tracks after the Tottenham defeat.
“We have six points in the Champions League and leading the group so we’re doing well,” the 24-year-old told the club’s official website.
“Now we need to take back some of the league points that we dropped at Old Trafford. We know it won’t be easy but we’re working very hard to try and not make the same mistakes we made against Tottenham.
“We gained a lot of confidence from the game we played in the Champions League, taking three points against a very difficult team. All the games in Europe are very tough, especially when you go away. So we have the confidence that we can go there to Newcastle and get a good result.”
Hernandez played in a three-pronged attack with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie for the first time this season and he declared his loyalty to Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I enjoy playing with all my teammates,” he added. “But starting for the first time with both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney… you can imagine how I felt.
“It was unbelievable because they are both world-class players.
“We have a lot of really good players in the strikers’ department. We can play with three, sometimes it will be one, that’s the gaffer’s decision. We all have to be ready when the manager picks us.”
But ‘Little Pea’ is also wary the threat Alan Pardew’s clinical strike partnership of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse pose to United – Ba has six league goals this season and Cisse is back in-form.
“It’s not going to be easy for us because we know they did really well last season and at their home, their performance [against us in the Capital One Cup] was very, very good,” he said.
“But as I said, we’ve worked hard and prepared well for this week’s games, first of all Romania and now Newcastle. We’re looking forward to Sunday.
“The important thing is the goals are coming again for the team this season, and hopefully the three points will come on Sunday as well.”