It is a certainty that last season was tough for every United player, but with just 6 starts, 18 appearances from the bench and only 4 goals to his name, in the league, it was especially hard for Javier Hernandez. Openly expressed in a celebration of a goal against Aston Villa, in Moyes’ last home game as United manager.
During his early days at United, Chicharito delighted the Old Trafford faithful with his unattainable movement and incisive finishing, which saw him produce more than 40 goals in his first two seasons for the reds. The display of an enthusiastic, North American living the dream identified a player who was proud and adamant to give his all.
In Sir Alex’s final season, the signing of Robin van Persie was seen as a retirement treat for the boss, however it was completely obverse and a sign of an upcoming problem for the ‘Little Pea’. Chicharito seen his 18 starts, the previous season halved. Nonetheless, his goal tally increased by 6. The Mexican was starting to revel in the ‘Super Sub’ role, but speaking to MUTV, admitted he was frustrated at the reputation he created for himself.
“I am desperate to play for 90 minutes but that is a decision for the gaffer.
“Every player in the world wants to start but I will do my best whether I play for one or 90 minutes.”
The real problem was Moyes. The Scot’s arrival in the summer of 2013 seems to have initiated a doubt over Hernandez’s future at United. What Ferguson was so brilliant at doing, Moyes lacked. The incapability of rotating a squad set at such a high standard was clear and the pressure to attain good results he endured, suggests why Moyes scarcely named anyone bar preferred first team forwards, like van Persie and Rooney.
Hernandez’s record under Moyes was poor, but expected if hurt. The spoil of still a wondefully gifted player will utmost continue, if no movement of clubs occurs as Van Gaal replaces Moyes at the helm of the theatre of dreams. The appointment comes with lucid delight of the fans and understandably of Robin Van Persie but disappointment for Hernandez. The public affection which followed van Persie’s sensational goal in the first half of Holland’s 5-1 thrashing over Spain, couldn’t have been a more perspicuous way of showing how strong a relationship, the two have built.
The experiment of the 3-5-2 formation composed by the Dutch manager in Holland’s warm up matches to atone the injury of apparent United target, Kevin Strootman has been successful so far, when conveyed in the World Cup. If maintained and applied at United, unfortunately for Chicharito, his dream to start will turn to a nightmare. Sure, Hernandez has top qualities as a striker but moderate compared to van Persie and Rooney, who are the obvious, distant runners to undertake the positions up front next season.
Last season has already proved ruinous for Hernandez, having yet to start under Mexico manager, Miguel Herrera, at the World Cup.
If Chicharito was to stay at United, Van Gaal would be very lucky to have a striker of his quality as back-up or an effective sub. Unlikely that, that will be the case, he will be making a very beneficial and coherent decision in order to further develop his career and bring back the happier times, we seen, when he first moved to United.
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