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Should United be worried about Javier Hernandez?

by Sam Peoples

Javier Hernandez joined Manchester United in the summer of 2010 as a fresh faced anonymous Mexican. Plucked from obscurity with Guadalajara, the striker was thrust into the limelight in a reported £6 million move to Old Trafford and few could of expected his impact.


Hernandez with his Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year Award

A 20 goal haul in arguably the finest debut season at United since Ruud van Nistelrooy made Javier Hernandez one of the signings of the season, something that earned him a new contract. The Mexican hitman was integral to United’s success that season and despite not hitting the dizzy heights in his second campaign at the club, Hernandez was still a vitally important member of the squad.

Fast forward to today. Javier Hernandez has netted 16 times in 28 appearances this season and has the best goals-to-minute ratio out of all of United’s strikers, yet has only played 63 minutes of football in March. He has been restricted mainly to FA Cup appearances with 400 out of 576 of his minutes in 2013 coming in the competition. Notably, Hernandez played no part in United’s monster clash with Real Madrid. But, is Hernandez’s absence something that should alarm United fans and the club?

The long and short answer is no.

An infectious smile and a heart warming attitude give it away. Hernandez is happy at United, despite what anyone says. He has become a global superstar within a two year time frame and he knows that United gave him the platform on which to do that, so it is obvious that he is grateful to Ferguson.

Hernandez knows his place in the squad. He is part of the strongest strike force that United have had since 1999 and every player has their role. No player can play week-in-week-out, not even Robin van Persie. The strength of this squad has been with the choice and variety at Ferguson’s disposal, and it isn’t as if Hernandez has not had his say on this season. Vitally important goals away at Chelsea and Aston Villa immediately spring to mind.

A resurgent Welbeck, a reliable Rooney and a devastating van Persie have kept Hernandez’ game time limited. It is the nature of playing for such a big club and it has always been the case when playing for United. If you can’t accept your position within the squad, it will cause problems.

Hernandez’s agent has quashed any rumours linking him with a move away and Real Madrid are reported to have been monitoring Hernandez, but I think it is time wasted on their behalf. Ferguson will not want to sell his new Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

There are certain players who come along every once in a while who are just, different. I believe Hernandez is one of those. In the same manner of Solskjaer, he truly seems happy when the club is winning and is not driven by personal goals. I may be reading him completely wrong but judging from his mannerisms and persona, I don’t think Hernandez would want to be anywhere else right now and no United fan would want him to be either.

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