Plea to the Little Pea: Alex Ferguson tells benched Javier Hernandez to stay at Manchester United

By Chris Bailey

Javier Hernandez has seen more of the bench than the pitch at Manchester United this campaign – but Alex Ferguson insists Old Trafford is home sweet home for the Mexican.

With the arrival of Robin van Persie last summer and the increasing involvement of Danny Welbeck, Hernandez has been a substitute 27 times this year – including 14 games unused.

However, so far the poacher has popped up with 16 goals, which Ferguson believes is evidence he is playing enough to make a big impact.

“There is no reason to think this is not the place for him,” said Ferguson.

“We hope he feels as though he has made a contribution. When he came on the other night against West Ham his movement was terrific. He created a lot of openings for us.

“He was very unlucky with a header. Hernandez has got these things in his locker all the time. His enthusiasm to play is always there.”

The Scot is also wary of losing the services of Rio Ferdinand as the 34-year-old mulls over whether to retire or wind down his career somewhere else.

A move to the MLS is touted, but Ferguson – who does not think a move to foreign lands would suit the defender – revealed United are keen to offer Ferdinand a new contract.

“I’ve spoken to Rio,” he added. “At this moment in time, he’s more concerned about getting opposition for his testimonial game. He’s working on that for the moment.

“We want him to stay and obviously I’m sure his representatives will be discussing things with David Gill. I wouldn’t imagine that moving abroad would be the best thing for him.”

Picture courtesy of Gordon Flood, with thanks.

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