Juan Mata would like Javier Hernandez to still be a Manchester United player next season.
The Mexican striker is expected to leave the club and put an end to a four year career at Old Trafford having fallen out of favour of Louis van Gaal.
His infectious character made him a real fans’ favourite straight away at United and Mata’s praise towards him indicates that transferred onto the players too.
“Chicharito still belongs to Manchester United and selfishly I’d like him to be with us,” Mata said this week.
“He has scored goals in every team he has played in and is a very smart striker. Chicharito is a great friend. When I arrived to Manchester he behaved great with me. He is a great person and a great professional. I’ve been lucky enough to share a dressing room with Chicharito, whom I admire.”
Mata actually sums up the Chicharito situation perfectly. He is a great person and there is no doubtuing that he is a great friend but the problem is he isn’t a great player any more.
In his first year at United, he was devastatingly consistent and built up a reputation whereby fans didn’t just think he would score when give the opportunity, they expected it. Unfortunately for Chicharito, that aura has been lost.
If we’re being purely sentimental then Chicharito may have a place at United last season but that won’t happen under Van Gaal. Players he doesn’t need will be shown the exit door and so long as the he can find the right club, then Hernandez won’t be playing for United next year, no matter how much Mata wants him to.