Stay back Rooney and Van Persie, I’m fans’ favourite: Javier Hernandez grabs Manchester United Player of the Month

By Dean Wilkins

Javier Hernandez is charging ahead of his Manchester United teammates after scooping the fans’ vote for Player of the Month with a string of sterling strikes.

The Mexican forward has been forced to battle with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck for a place upfront but four vital goals in just over a week earned supporters’ nod for the award.

Chicharito grabbed an overwhelming 60% of the vote, fending off stiff competition from Van Persie (22%) and Rooney (8%).

The 24-year-old striker’s brace dragged United back from a two-goal deficit against Braga two weeks’ ago, and speaking after the tie he insisted that he is just happy to be playing, even in a super-sub role.

“I always say I enjoy it a lot here,” he said. “I have been ready since the start of the season and when the gaffer gives me my chance, I have to do my best.

“If I score it’s good. But if I don’t score the most important thing is the team.”

Hernandez then scored the winner to earn United’s first league win at Chelsea in more than a decade – he followed it up with a goal in their 5-4 Capital One Cup defeat.

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