Chicha: We want to make amends
Javier Hernandez is confident Manchester United can make amends in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash at Newcastle United.
The Mexican striker is not expecting an easy game – far from it – but he feels the Reds have been working hard towards atonement for the home defeat to Tottenham. That graft has already paid a dividend with Tuesday’s morale-boosting away win over CFR Cluj in Romania.
“We have six points in the Champions League and leading the group so we’re doing well,” Chicharito told ManUtd.com.
“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.”
The Cluj match was also notable for Sir Alex selecting three of his strikers – not only did he play both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney from the start for the first time, Chicharito was also part of the mix.
“I enjoy playing with all my team-mates. But starting for the first time with both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney… you can imagine how I felt,” said Chicharito, with a broad grin. “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.”
Chicharito is mindful that Newcastle also have a cutting edge to admire. Demba Ba has six league goals already this season and Papiss Cisse followed up his duck-breaker at Old Trafford in the Capital One Cup with a Europa League goal against Bordeaux last night (Thursday).
“Yes, Cisse and Ba,” he concurred, when reminded of the Magpies’ attacking capabilities.
“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] was very, very good. 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.”
Although Anderson and Tom Cleverley scored fine strikes in the cup victory over Newcastle ten days ago, Chicharito was the last Red to notch a league goal against them, in last November’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. The modus operandi was unusual – it certainly wouldn’t feature in a top ten montage for the Mexican.
“Yeah I know – but they all count the same!” he laughed, remembering how Steven Taylor’s attempted clearance bounced off him and into the net.
“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.”