Chicharito: All players want to start
While Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson backed off from comments last week that Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez would start for Saturday's match against Norwich City, Hernandez said Friday he never counts on a starter's job.
"Of course all the players in the world want to start every week," Hernandez told ESPN. "But we are 20, 23 and only 11 play. So, sometimes you are going to be on the bench, sometimes on the pitch."
Hernandez said he takes no issue with media reports calling him a "super sub" after he scored twice with Manchester United down two goals for a 3-2 win over Aston Villa last weekend.
While Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney have assumed starter's roles, Ferguson said Friday that the choices are never easy, especially after Hernandez's performance against Aston Villa and Danny Welbeck's equalizer in England's 4-2 loss to Sweden.
"The important thing is do have to feel as though you are being fair and that they are making a contribution over the course of the season," Ferguson said, calling it an eternal dilemma in coaching. "Teddy Sheringham was never happy being left out. Andy Cole certainly wasn't. He would grump and groan for three days because he wanted to play all the time."
Rooney is doubtful for United's game at Norwich, Ferguson revealed, but he expects van Persie to be available.
Rooney missed England's 4-2 friendly defeat in Sweden this week with an ankle injury, while Van Persie did not take part in the Netherlands' 0-0 draw with Germany because of a thigh strain.
"There is a doubt about Wayne, but Robin should be fit," he said on Friday morning.
Hernandez has scored seven times in his last five matches and Manchester United has won 14 of its last 16 Premier League matches.
"If you put your ego back or apart, because here the most important thing is to win trophies for me as well," he said. "There are no players in the world that play by themselves and win every game, you need to play with your teammates."
Rooney is not certain to be fit after suffering an ankle injury at Villa. Ferguson will also need to determine starters for Man U's Champions League tie next Tuesday with Galatasary, even though the match is not decisive.
Hernandez said he is in better shape this season.
"To be honest, one thing that helped a lot is not being injured. The last season I had a concussion, then my ankle and then the dead leg. Those were not muscle related injuries, were more like accidents," said Hernandez. "Every season will be different, you will never have the same season. You probably are going to have lower or higher (performances)."
Jonny Evans is also battling to recover in time for the game. However, Chris Smalling is available again, and Ferguson was able to report positive news on Phil Jones, who has not played since sustaining a knee injury ahead of the current campaign.
"Phil Jones has been training all week," he said. "We will take him to Turkey with us. He'll get part of it there, which is a good start for him."
Information from Press Association was used in this report.