Hernandez sees home second leg as a positive

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Javier Hernandez has admitted Manchester United face a tough task to reach the Champions League semi-final.

United have been pitched into an all-English last-eight tie with Chelsea, with the first leg at Stamford Bridge on April 6.

It is a repeat of the 2008 final, when United triumphed on penalties at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

However, it also sends the Red Devils to a ground where they have not won since 2002, and were defeated earlier this month in a stormy encounter that has ended up with Sir Alex Ferguson picking up a five-match touchline ban.

“We play in the same league and it is going to be tough,” said Hernandez, who scored both goals against Marseille on Tuesday to sweep United into the quarter-finals.

“Stamford Bridge is a nice stadium and it makes it a little bit like a league game. But if there is an advantage (it is) that we are at home in the second game.”

Hernandez has scored three Champions League goals in an overall tally of 16 in an outstanding debut season for the Red Devils.

United’s derby with neighbours Manchester City will kick off FA Cup semi-final weekend on April 16, the Football Association have announced.

Manchester City, who last won the prestigious trophy in 1969, will meet 11-time winners Manchester United at 5.15pm at Wembley, with the match being shown live on ITV1.

The second semi-final between Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City will take place the following day, kick-off 4pm, and will be broadcast by ESPN.

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