• Mexican striker did not expect to play so many games
• Hernández keen to focus on beating Barcelona at Wembley
Javier Hernández, the Manchester United striker who won the penalty against Blackburn Rovers with which Wayne Rooney sealed the side’s 19th Premier League title, says he did not expect to play such a pivotal part in the club’s season.
The Mexican striker has enjoyed an impressive campaign, scoring 20 goals as United won the Premier League title and reached the Champions League final. But the 22-year-old admitted he had been taken aback by his first season in England.
“This is unbelievable,” he told MUTV. “Of course I imagined that we could win the title but I never thought I would play so often and score so many goals. I am delighted to be part of this great team.”
Hernández dismissed any debate about the validity of United’s penalty yesterday, even though Blackburn clearly felt he had made the most of Robinson’s contact.
“It was definitely a penalty,” he said. “I felt the contact. I wasn’t trying to be unfair or get a penalty that was not there. We know Wayne Rooney loves that type of moment, under that pressure. We knew he would score to win us the title.”
United returned to Manchester last night to enjoy their evening, with Rooney particularly elated to “knock Liverpool off their perch”, shaving his chest hair into the shape of the number 19 and then sending it across the globe via his Twitter account.
However, the focus will soon return to training and preparations for the Champions League final with Barcelona at Wembley on 28 May.
“We could do the double,” he said. “I dream about that. We are working to win the Champions League. We can celebrate in two weeks’ time. Before that we need to work a lot and to be right for that game.”