Young Mexican looking forward to making an appearance in the match this weekend, and insists that the Red Devils will look to beat Barca as a team and not as individual stars
By Adithya Ananth
The 22-year-old, who arrived at Old Trafford last summer, has made an impressive start to life in England by scoring 13 goals in 27 Premier League appearances.
In recent weeks, the Mexico international has also managed to displace top scorer Dimitar Berbatov from the club’s starting line-up, and he now has a chance to feature at Wembley.
Hernandez told Uefa.com: “It is a very important stadium; everybody around the world knows Wembley.
“When you talk about Wembley, you are talking about football, the country, the Premier League, and all the history and legends that are connected to that stadium. It’s a very important venue. The most overwhelming thing about all of this is in my first year at my new club I can play in the Champions League final in that stadium. That’s just incredible.”
The striker also hailed Barca defenders Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol, but maintained that that United will focus on beating Barcelona as a team rather than concentrating on specific players.
“They are two centre-backs playing at a world-class level. But the whole team consists of world-class players, and that’s what the team and I are aware of; that we have to focus on their whole team, and not on individual players,” Hernandez said. “That’s how you get prepared, you focus on the whole team and how they play. We also know we should first focus on ourselves, and our game, and how we want to succeed.”
The young forward admits he is surprised by the magnitude of his own success at United, after having joined the club only last year.
“This first year has been marvellous for me,” Hernandez said. “Neither the coach, nor me, nor my family expected this.
“You always want to think that things will go well, that things will go for the best, but never did I imagine playing much. I’ve been involved a lot in my first season, when I hoped to make a few appearances and play with the reserves and just a few minutes with the first team.
“I had hoped for this beautiful opportunity; that I would be welcomed by my team-mates, just like I am used to in Mexico. I am here and I have to enjoy it, but I also have to work very hard. I am a very lucky man. I know football is not predictable. You can have good days and bad days, like everyone. But attitude, like I said, you have in your own hands, and I hope to do very well.”
The former Guadalajara man also admits that it has been easy to develop a sense of understanding with other strikers at Old Trafford, citing the quality they possess as the reason behind the ease of understanding between players.
“Players like Rooney, [Dimitar] Berbatov and Michael Owen, all the attackers here, it is very easy to understand them because they are extraordinary players,” said the forward.
“So not just with Wayne, but it’s easy with all the strikers because these are players of world-class level. Their movement is excellent and they always play for the team. You have to do what they do, also keeping in mind we all have our strengths, but we use that for the team. The most important thing is that the team wins medals and titles.”
Chicharito is rated by the Castrol EDGE Rankings as the 92nd best player currently plying his trade in one of the top five leagues in Europe.