By Martin Blackburn
JAVIER HERNANDEZ insists he will be happy to step aside for reprieved team-mate Wayne Rooney at Chelsea tonight.
The Mexican was set to get the nod from Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson if Roo had been banned for his elbow on Wigan’s James McCarthy.
But the England striker got away with it and that will probably mean Chicharito missing out, despite scoring twice in the 4-0 romp at the DW Stadium on Saturday.
But he said: “I have no problems being on the bench. I understand that football is a team sport, not like golf or tennis.
“So you have to help your team when you play from the beginning but also when you come on from the bench.
“We are like pieces of a jigsaw and the boss decides how to use us.
“If Ferguson picks me for the starting line-up, that would be great but if not, that’s fine too.”
Hernandez, 22, is willing to be patient following a dark spell at his old club Chivas in 2007.
He said: “I was depressed. There were many crazy ideas in my head. I doubted my ability. I thought about quitting but my family told me that would be a mistake.
“My friends are still sarcastic, saying, ‘You wanted to quit and look where you are now’.”