Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United should give more first-team opportunities to the “fantastic” Javier Hernandez.
Hernandez was deemed surplus to requirements by Louis van Gaal last summer and he was eventually sent on loan to Real Madrid.
However, the Mexican barely featured at the Bernabeu and the Spanish club declined to exercise an option to sign him permanently.
Despite this, Ferdinand insisted Man United have a natural goalscorer on their hands and that Hernandez should be given more game time.
“They have got Chicharito there and he is a fantastic player – how he is not a regular in that team baffles me,” he said.
“I think in terms of movement, when the ball goes wide, he has the best movement in the world. But he has not been afforded that confidence from the manager as yet to say: ‘You are my No.9, you get me 25 goals this season, you are playing every game.’ And until he gets that, you will not know if he is capable of doing it.”
Ferdinand is right in saying that Hernandez has the best movement in the world. No-one is doubting that, it’s a fantastic part of his game.
Unfortunately, it is the other aspects of his play which have failed to convince van Gaal and former Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti. Hernandez’s touch can let him down and his hold-up play is mediocre. He simply doesn’t offer enough all-round to warrant a first-team spot week in, week out.