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07/12/2010 11:30

Papers: Patient Chicha

Richard Tanner writes in The Express

Hernandez plays the waiting game
Javier Hernandez is happy to bide his time at Manchester United now Wayne Rooney has re-established his strike partnership with Dimitar Berbatov. Rooney’s lengthy absence from the side allowed Hernandez to make an instant impact in English football following his £7million summer move from Mexico club Chivas Guadalajara. He has scored six goals, including a late winner in the Champions League away game against Valencia in the Mestalla. But Rooney’s rehabilitation and Berbatov’s return to scoring form, with five goals against Blackburn after a 10-game drought, means first-team starts for Mexican international Hernandez are likely to be limited, especially as Michael Owen is expected back from his hamstring injury at Christmas. But Hernandez is happy to wait and learn his trade. “I wouldn’t say it has put me under pressure – just the opposite, really. You’re always happy for team-mates when they’re on the mark and scoring freely, like Dimitar was against Blackburn. That’s great. I’m here to learn from people like him and Wayne.”

Speaking of strikers, Dimitar Berbatov will finish his career at Old Trafford according to The Sun. The Bulgarian’s agent Emil Dantchev told the paper: "I'm pretty sure Dimitar will end his career at United. Alex Ferguson wants him to stay.”

Elsewhere, The Mirror claims Sir Alex will change his team for an incredible 150th consecutive match when United host Valencia tonight. The boss’s tinkering stretches back to May 2008 when he kept the same side that beat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final second leg to the home win against West Ham. Sir Alex is quoted: “I'll play my strongest side and then we have six days to prepare for the Arsenal game.”

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