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Mexican striker shows frustration at being benched

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has caused more speculation after not starting for Mexico in their first FIFA World Cup match, in which they beat Cameroon 1-0 on Friday. The Mexican striker, who signed for United back in 2010, was a substitute in the hard-fought match, making an appearance on the 74th minute after replacing Oribe Peralta, the scorer of the only goal of the match, well the one that was allowed anyway! Hernandez did not do himself any favours as he could have put Mexico 2-0 up but his shot cleared the crossbar.

Javier Hernandez - Shots - Cameroon - 13th June 2014

Javier Hernandez – Shots – Cameroon – 13th June 2014 (Credit: Squawka)

Throughout the season Hernandez had been linked with moves away from the club and currently Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Southampton are looking into the possibility of signing the striker, according to the Express. Earlier this summer, the Mexican was linked with a move to Inter Milan, which was widely reported as a loan move, something which United may not be happy to do. Obviously selling to another Barclays Premier League club would not be a wise decision, seeing as the striker has been a great goalscorer in his four years at the Old Trafford club.

Last season he was used sparingly, making a total of 35 appearances in all competition, most of which from the bench, scoring nine goals. Obviously the lack of playing time for a striker is going to be tough, but when Hernandez was given a start last season, he failed to impress, losing the ball, poor final touches and just not looking anything like the player that was signed back in the summer of 2010. The Express reported the Mexican striker, who spoke after Friday’s match, as saying:

“I’ve never seen myself as a sub and I don’t like being one, and believe me, I am tired of a lot of people seeing me that way, as a ‘super-sub’.

“I’m a player that has made a difference as a starter.”

This seems to be the player hitting out against the Mexico coach first of all for not starting him. But with the mention of ‘other people seeing me this way’, it would suggest that he was also hitting out at Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and even possible Ryan Giggs, who have all managed him over the last two years. The problem for Hernandez was the arrival of Robin van Persie, who is a better player, striker and finisher, so the Dutchman’s arrive put Hernandez into third place in the striker ranks. Danny Welbeck’s ability to play on the wing last season gave Hernandez even less playing time, effectively pushing him into fourth choice striker, which must have been tough for him.

The way I see it, Hernandez does need to leave United to get himself back on track to becoming that player he was tipped to become after signing for United. He showed glimpses of that in his first season for the Old Trafford club, but soon began to show signs of going backwards. I would like to see him ply his trade in Spain. Diego Costa is leaving Atlético Madrid for Chelsea this summer, and Hernandez replacing him would be the best move, not that he has been linked to the Spanish champions, yet anyway. Valencia is another club that have shown interest in the past, as have Real Madrid, but that seems to have passed. Hernandez would bag plenty of goals in Spain and regain his starting position for his country, which would benefit all parties. The rise of James Wilson through the United ranks could further hamper Hernandez’s United career, if the youngster is given a chance under Louis van Gaal this coming season, something that would set Hernandez even further back in his career, which would be unfair.

The Mexican needs to play games week after week, and if United are not going to give him games, they should allow him to seek them elsewhere, just as long as it is not something that will come back and haunt United, the majority of supporters will be happy.

By Paul Bienkowski

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