Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez was delighted to get 90 minutes under his belt in the 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle United on Saturday, and hopes to earn more regular first-team action in preparation for the World Cup this summer.
ESPN reports how the Mexico international returned to David Moyes's starting line-up at St James' Park on Saturday in the absence of injured duo Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, and got on the scoresheet for the second successive game.
However, this weekend represented the first full match than Hernandez has played for the Red Devils since December, and has only made five starts for the club all season.
His lack of playing time has led to speculation that the 25-year-old might look to leave Old Trafford in the summer, but speaking to MUTV, Hernandez insists he remains happy at Manchester United when he is given the opportunity to play.
"I'm happy, I played for 90 minutes and it's a long time since I started a game," he explained. "The World Cup is coming so I need time to prove, whether they give me one minute or 90, that I'm ready.
"I want to contribute to the team to help us have a better season."
After Saturday's much-needed Premier League victory, attention has now turned to Manchester United's Champions League clash against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, a match that Hernandez is hopeful of featuring in, given the doubts surrounding the fitness of Rooney ahead of the quarter-final second leg encounter at the Allianz Arena.
"We're all ready to play, and that performance showed that we are going to make difficult choices for the manager for that next game," he continued. "It's been a very hard season for me, but I'm trying to be very patient, and to work to try to speak on the pitch.
"I have nine goals at the moment, so I'll keep working, be patient and speak on the pitch like I always do."