Hernandez taunts Torres

Reds striker confident Spaniard will not net in Sunday's clash

Fernando Torres: Chelsea striker has gone without a goal in 19 matches

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Javier Hernandez has said Fernando Torres' nightmare form in front of goal will continue when Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The out-of-form forward has not managed a goal since September and failed to muster a single shot against Swansea in midweek.

Torres, who broke the British transfer record with his £50million move from Liverpool 12 months ago, has gone 19 matches without a goal for club and country and Hernandez warns this is set to continue.

"Fernando Torres is one of the best forwards in Europe, without doubt," Hernandez told the Daily Star.

"But he suffers a bad record in front of goal and I predict that the Spaniard will not score against United this Sunday either."

Hernandez took just 36 seconds to net against Chelsea when the teams met in the title decider at Old Trafford in May and says the game on Sunday is just as important.

Very important

"Every little slip will have an effect on the title race at the moment so this match against Chelsea is very important," he added.

"Winning in London is vital. Chelsea are always dangerous and they will raise their game."

The title race took another turn in midweek as United moved level on points with Manchester City and Hernandez says his team have the mental edge over Roberto Mancini's side.

"The one thing now is that we can focus totally on the league and that is what we want to win," he added.

"The manager is very serious about us winning the title and considers it to be a mental question because every week is a big race, and he knows that this club have shown the right character in the past to win."