United's Mexican hotshot Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez is happy with his lot at Old Trafford and eager to help the club make history again in 2012/13...
How much are you looking forward to getting going again for the new season?
A lot. I think all the Manchester United fans, all the people who work at the club, all the players, the boss and all the coaching staff are looking forward to starting the season because we know that last term was a very disappointing campaign because we saw other teams that have a great rivalry with us win trophies. So we need to come back to our best as a team, as a club and try to win every competition that we play. The philosophy of Manchester United is to keep playing, to keep enjoying, to keep working and to keep fighting.
Do you feel as though you’ve had a good rest this summer after having played tournament football for the last two?
Yes. I played four games with Mexico, two friendlies and two World Cup qualifiers. We won the four games [Chicha scored three goals] and then after that I had a very good break. I spent my holiday in Guadalajara, my home town. I think that rest is a very important thing for a football player, because we know that this is going to be a long season.
How important is it that you switch off mentally as well as physically?
It helps a lot and it’s something the coaching staff tell us it’s very important to do… to enjoy some time with your family on your holidays and to rest. But now the switch is turned back on because we are working very hard in this pre-season. The first two weeks in Manchester were very tough but I think we did some very good work. Now, we can’t wait for the season to start and the games to come.
You mentioned the disappointment of last season. Has it felt like a long summer, because you’ve had to wait to put that behind you?
Yes, of course. We need to learn from that disappointment. It was a very strange season because we know that Manchester United have always won trophies in their history, and last season we only won the Community Shield at the start of the season and then we didn’t win anything. So it was very disappointing but we need to look forward. I think that’s going to help us as a team because all the experienced players and all the young ones want to learn and to keep fighting because we don’t want a repeat of last season.