Something just doesn’t add up.
When Louis Van Gaal was appointed the manager of Manchester United, he pretty much said he knew enough about Javier Hernandez to not rate him as a striker that can lead a team to a Premier League title. Despite the pessimism, Van Gaal gave Hernandez time during pre-season, mainly because the team was without several key players due to the World Cup just wrapping up. Hernandez would even score in a 3-1 victory over Real Madrid during the pre-season tour.
But, those games were just seen as a showcase for Hernandez, who was coming off a very poor season at Old Trafford under David Moyes, scoring just four goals in 24 league matches.
Van Gaal had Hernandez as the season started, and used him twice, once in league play and the other time in a league cup match against MK Dons, in which United suffered a ugly and embarrassing loss. After that, it was clear and Van Gaal shipped him out via loan to Real Madrid. His struggles continued but did see some time after a Karim Benzema injury. He ended his Madrid career scoring 9 goals in 33 matches, including a memorable Champions League goal.
So, struggling two seasons straight, and never really on Van Gaal’s radar, Hernandez comes into camp with a new sense of hope. He is expected to return back to the field for United on Wednesday night against PSG and play atleast 30 minutes.
United is thin at striker, that is a fact. But no way can Van Gaal think Hernandez can be a legit alternative for the team. To me, it’s a ploy. But United just doesn’t want him to be out on loan again. Van Gaal needs to him to do something during this pre-season to attract as much interest so the club can sell him and move on, and bring in a replacement. At this point, anyone they bring in will seem as a replacement to Hernandez who hasn’t shown any signs of stability in two seasons.
One team to keep an eye out for who most likely is keeping track of him is West Ham United, who are in desperate need for help. Tottenham has also been linked.
When Hernandez enters the game in Chicago against PSG, there will be many eyes on him, and I don’t mean United fans. His time with Manchester United is coming to an end soon, and the club giving him a another “chance to impress” should be the biggest clue. Just trying to maximize his value after.