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Hernandez aiming for further improvement

ESPN staff
January 15, 2013
Javier Hernandez is always looking for ways to improve © PA Photos

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is eager to keep on developing his game to give his side the best chance possible of having a successful season.

Hernandez, 24, has been in lethal form this season, finding the net 12 times from 22 appearances - a record only bettered at United by Robin van Persie.

The Mexico international, who was surprisingly overlooked for Sunday's 2-1 win over Liverpool, has found himself on the bench a number of times this season.

Yet the former Guadalajara man - likely to be recalled for Wednesday's FA Cup third-round replay against West Ham - accepts that is part of being a United player and is determined to better himself to help his club towards more silverware.

"I'm not saying I'm the perfect player,'' Hernandez told United's official website. "I am always looking to improve my game, whether that's my play outside the box or also inside it.

"I still think there is work for me to do. But the reason I want to improve is so that I can help the team. It's not just that I want to score more goals. It's a group sport and so I want to do what I can to help the team get the right results every week.''

Hernandez, one of the best penalty box predators in the Premier League, accepts the Red Devils' speedy approach to the game suits him down to the ground.

"In the history of Manchester United, the team plays a very direct, attacking game,'' he said. "We want to get to the goal as quickly as we can. Whether it ends in a goal or a goal-kick, we want to play with speed.

"But the important thing at this club is that we can express ourselves. We don't feel too much pressure in that respect because every time we go out on the field the gaffer tells us, 'Go out, enjoy yourself and do your best'. That's been important to us doing well so far this season.

"But we are not saying that it's over. We have a lot of confidence but we know there are a lot of difficult games coming.''

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