Javier Hernandez will return to Old Trafford as a West Ham player on Sunday and says he feels “only happiness,” towards the club that brought him to the Premier League seven years ago. The Mexican forward hopes to make his debut for Slaven Bilic’s side at the stadium he called home for four seasons; the place brings back the memories positive, but admits to being “surprised” when Sir Alex Ferguson, who signed him from Guadalajara, retired in 2013.
“I can only say that it is luck,” Hernandez said that the fact of his return to English football, having spent two seasons at Bayer Leverkusen before joining West Ham for $ 16 million last month, comes against the States. “It was a great experience [not] … only happiness. I was living my dream and the fact that a large step, which is not common.
“There is nothing negative about going there. It’s going to be my first game with my new club, against my old club in my old home. It is only positive things â€“ it is an important moment for me.”
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HernÃ¡ndez scored 59 goals in 157 appearances for United during a five-year spell that also brought a season on loan at Real Madrid. He helped them to win Premier League titles in 2010-11 and 2012-13 under Ferguson, with an average of almost a goal every two league matches in each of these campaigns, and says that he was shaken by the sudden departure of long-serving manager.
When asked if Ferguson’s announcement was a surprise, he said: “I saw it coming. No one made it. It was very strange. We were surprised, but we were very respectful too because he decided to squads, games, everything … it was his life.
“He was the manager who brought me here and opened the door to Europe. He taught me to be a better footballer; we won the 19 and 20 of the Premier League for Manchester United together, so of course it was going to be annoying when I had a good relationship with a person who gives a lot of confidence and help you improve as a person and as a player.”
Hernandez of the way in the united States decreased after Ferguson was. He scored nine times in 33 appearances in the following season, but would make only five more appearances since then, to eventually advance your career in Spain and with a considerable success â€“ Germany. He accepts the States most extensive of the fortune fell to a greater degree than he had expected.
“Everything changed when Ferguson left],” he said. “I can only say one thing. Do not say a good or bad way, was the change, and we do not respond as well as those of David Moyes or wanted. No one wants to be out of European competitions or not the fight for the title.”
Hernandez during his press conference Wednesday. Picture: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images
Both of these goals seem a long shot for a West Ham who finished 11th in the last season of the Premier League. Hernandez is considered as the cure for the malaise that has seen a string of often disappointing center-front of the transfer through the club in recent years, but says that he does not have any additional load.
“I feel like when I went to Manchester United, when I went to Real Madrid and Leverkusen, and now West Ham,” he said. “I’m going to play football, which is something that I was fighting for since I was a child, and then we will see what happens. It is easy to say that I can score 20 goals, or that I have a lot of pressure, or not, or blah, blah, blah. Talking is easy, but the most important is to prove it on the pitch.”
Hernandez was flattered to hear Jose Mourinho says that he could have scored “20 goals easy” at United last season, but noted, without a feeling of bitterness, that “it did not have the opportunity to prove it.” He prefers to focus on the sense of the possibility of the reactivation of his new club and believes he can fulfil his ambitions there.
“I’m looking at it as a challenge in the same way as when I’m with the national team or any of the clubs I played for before,” he said. “It’s football, I want to keep doing and show that I can achieve the things you dream, and I think I can”.