Chelsea vs Manchester United

Hernandez happy to make way

March 1, 2011
By ESPN staff

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez insists he is happy to step aside to make way for team-mate Wayne Rooney.

Javier Hernandez
GettyImagesJavier Hernandez has made an impressive start to his career at Manchester United

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Despite scoring twice in United's 4-0 win over Wigan on Saturday, Hernandez is expected to start on the bench against Chelsea after Rooney avoided a ban for his elbow on James McCarthy.

But the Mexico international claims he is just a part of Sir Alex Ferguson's 'jigsaw puzzle' and he is happy to play his part, whether from the starting line-up or the bench.

"I have no problems being on the bench," Hernandez said in The Sun. "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."

Meanwhile Chris Smalling insists he is not fazed by the prospect of taking on Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge.

The former Fulham defender will line up alongside Nemanja Vidic in place of the injured Rio Ferdinand, and he is confident United will come away from London with three points.

"We know they have world-class strikers like we have but, whoever we face, we'll be ready," he said. "Off the back of a couple of clean sheets, we'll be confident to let our boys at the front pull them apart."