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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Hernandez puts title above his scoring ambitions

MANCHESTER United striker Javier Hernandez says he has set himself no goal target for the season and winning the Premier League remains his primary goal.

The Mexican international has found the net 12 times this term, well behind leading striker Wayne Rooney who has 28 in all competitions.

With just eight games remaining in the title race Hernandez has only one thing on his mind.

"My only target is to win the Premier League," Hernandez said.

"It doesn't matter if I score a lot of goals if I don't win anything with the club. The most important thing is the team and (for the team) to win all the trophies and cups.

"People ask me all the time if I have a target of goals, and I always respond that the goal is a consequence of the effort of all the team.

"Of course the striker is closest to the goal so we work more on [scoring] but no players play by themselves and take out 11 players and score. The first attacking player is the goalkeeper so you need to work hard in every aspect."

Although Rooney's 21 league goals have been key to United's title charge, Hernandez claims the striker is a more complete player than just a goal scorer. "Rooney is one of the best (players) in the world and has hundreds of goals for this club," Hernandez added.

"He is not selfish; you can see he sometimes plays in midfield, sometimes as striker. He runs all the game and makes a lot of assists as well.

"I don't need to describe Wayne Rooney - every person in the world knows about the talent and the world class player he is. And as well we have a lot of players that are world class not only Rooney."

Meanwhile, Michael Owen has not abandoned all hope of remaining at United beyond the end of this season.

"I still think I have another two or three years but where that will be is a question that the manager would be better placed to answer. I am in exactly the same situation I was last year."

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