Hernandez admits title pain

Striker says winning league is bigger than personal goal tally

Javier Hernandez: The Manchester United striker hit 13 goals for club and country last season

Javier Hernandez was so hurt by losing the title race to Manchester City that he says he would 'swap every one of his goals' to win it this season.

Manchester United have turned scoring late goals into something of an art form over the years, including their dramatic comeback against Bayern Munich to be crowned European champions in 1999.

Last term, though, they were punished by a late flourish as City's expensively assembled squad pipped United to the Premier League trophy on goal difference after coming from behind to beat strugglers QPR deep into injury time.

Goals from £27million man Edin Dzeko and another from £38m striker Sergio Aguero in the sixth minute of stoppage time earned City their first title in 44 years.

And Hernandez insists he would rather see the team grab more silverware than have himself topping the goalscoring charts.

"It was difficult to believe, really," he said to the club's official website. "For so many years that type of game was a fable of Manchester United, with goals in the last minute [to win big games], and sometimes it is part of life to experience the bad moments like this one.


"It was a very strange day because in the space of one minute we thought that the title was going to be ours, and then City scored twice, and that's it.

"When you win you learn to keep working hard in order to keep doing the things you did to win the title.

"And when you lose, you need to learn from the mistakes you made. It's not like one, two or three people are guilty of making mistakes - it's a team game and every player wants to do their best to help the team to win trophies.

"I think we all learned a lot from last season and we're confident we can come back this season.

"I don't want to be obsessed with scoring goals, I don't want to be only that player who only scores goals, and if I score goals I've played well and if I didn't score goals I played badly.

"If the goals are coming then good, but as I've always said, I would swap every one of my goals for a title with Manchester United."