Hernandez: Being at United has prepared me to fight for my place

Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez says that is prepared for the competition he will face at Real Madrid because of his time at Manchester United.

Javier Hernandez says that he is happy to battle with Karim Benzema for a place at Real Madrid, as the competition at Manchester United has prepared him for it. 

Hernandez joined Madrid this summer on a loan-deal and is expected to play a rotational role at the Bernabeu, but the Mexican says that his experience at Old Trafford has readied him for the challenge. 

"I'm happy to compete with him [Benzema]," he said to the Spanish press. "At United they had Berbatov, Van Persie and Rooney."

"I do not like comparisons, each gives you what it gives you. Benzema has scored, giving many assists. He's a very complete player."

Hernandez burst onto the scene at United, but his form has rather faltered in recent seasons. 

The jet-heeled front-man is known as a predator in the box, but his finishing instincts have appeared to desert him in recent times and his move to La Liga should give him a chance to rekindle his best form.

After arriving at United he regularly hit the back of the net, but last season he could only score four times and clearly Louis Van Gaal has felt it was time to move him on.

The Dutchman has brought in Falcao and, as a result, Hernandez was likely to be fourth choice at Old Trafford, behind the aforementioned Colombian, Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney. 

Despite boasting an impressive goals-to-minute ratio, one thing Hernandez never truly did at the Red Devils was become a regular starter.

The 26-year-old often had more of an impact off the bench than he did when playing from the beginning of matches and that is a facet of his game he will be looking to improve in La Liga.

Whether he will get the chance to remains to be seen, though. Benzema holds a good scoring record over his time with last season's Champions League winners and displacing the Frenchman up-top will be a tough ask. 

He should be in a team that will play to his strengths, however. With the creativity of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo behind him, Hernandez should not find chances hard to come by and if he can show his usual composure in-front of goal it could be a good move for all parties involved.

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