Javier Hernandez scored his first goal of the season last night against Liverpool and it was the least he deserved for a fantastic individual performance.
Once criticised for having a poor all-round game, Hernandez showcased a drastically improved first touch and his link up play with his team mates was superb.
On top of that, his movement was world class. Skrtel couldn’t grab onto his tail at any point and it was his darting run in the box that gave him the space to score United’s winner, and what a finish it was.
Geoff Shreeves tried to shrug it off as one that simply went in off his knee but it was a picture perfect example of a natural striker’s finish. He adjusted his leg in a split second and knew exactly where he wanted the ball to go. Mignolet had no chance of stopping it.
“The movement is great,” Moyes said on Hernandez’s goal.
“Real centre forward’s movement. That’s everything they tell me about him.”
His goal against Liverpool makes it ten goals in 14 starts for Hernandez and for me, Moyes has no option but to start him against West Brom this weekend.
Moyes will not want to rush Robin van Persie back from injury and Hernandez absolutely deserves the chance to start in the Premier League. Whenever he plays, he scores. You can’t argue with the numbers.
Hernandez’s attitude has always remained flawless despite his lack of game time at Old Trafford. You’d forgive him if he publicly admitted he was frustrated at not playing enough football but he doesn’t. Instead, he knuckles down and works harder. It sets him apart from a lot of players in that respect.
Strikers like Hernandez don’t come round very often. He just wants to score goals any which way he can and has the natural ability to do so. Moyes has to make sure that Hernandez gets enough game time to remain happy at United and that should begin with a start against West Brom this Saturday.