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Hernandez: We are human beings first and footballers second

by Sam Peoples

Javier Hernandez has got to be one of the most likeable football players on the planet. He has always got an infectious smile from ear to ear and never has a bad word to say about anything or anyone.

His pre-match routine of praying on the half way line has become a synonymous image with Hernandez as has his “C” celebration he does for his sister.

This week, he has been away on international duty with Mexico and was in fine form, scoring twice against Honduras.

However, speaking in a press conference after Mexico’s 0-0 draw with USA, Hernandez was keen to re-iterate his priorities in life.

He said: “Football has a deadline. You do not know when God says that about life.

“Hopefully, God is willing to wait a little longer than the football life because we are human beings first and footballers second.”

It’s so refreshing to see how grounded and genuine Hernandez has remained despite his successes at Manchester United.

Even though he has found first team football a luxury this season at United, he has never let it affect him and he has still managed to score 16 goals in 28 appearances this season. He’s even won back-to-back Manchester United Player of the Month awards in November and December.

Hernandez’ agent has quashed reports linking him with a summer move away from Manchester United but we simply have to give him game time to stop any potential move from materialising.

He has now scored 30 goals for Mexico, overtaking Hugo Sanchez’ haul, and is only 16 off being the all-time record goalscorer for Mexico – he’s just 24.

Very rarely does such a natural predator come around in football and United are lucky to have Hernandez. We just have to make sure we hold onto him.

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