Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez deserves more minutes

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Since his low-key arrival to Old Trafford in 2010 the goalscoring exploits of Javier Hernandez have somewhat slipped under the radar for both club and country.

After scoring against West Brom on the final game of the season the Mexican took his Reds tally to 50 goals in just 117 games which is no mean feat for any player, but for one who finds himself on the bench so often it is nothing short of extraordinary. 

The affectionately nick-named Chicharito is a walking talking scoring statistic and, at the relatively young age of just 25, has already notched 33 goals in 51 games for his country.

Despite these statistics and his incredible scoring record, Hernandez is constantly overlooked within the Premier League, this is mostly down to his place in the Manchester United squad. 

With the likes of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney it is difficult for any striker to assert himself in the starting 11. The Mexican has been linked with multiple moves away from Old Trafford this year in a bid to get more playing time and it’s no doubt that every United fan hopes such a thing doesn’t happen. 

Hernandez himself has quashed these rumours, saying he is happy at United and is simply pleased to be involved with the team which is very admirable for a player with such potential.

However, despite his comments, it’s hard to believe that he will accept such a role for much longer and the Mexican has to play first-team football before too long or the Red Devils will risk losing Chicharito’s services. The upcoming season could well prove to be a major one for Hernandez’s break through into United’s starting eleven, if he sees more first-team football under Moyes there is no doubt the Mexican can repay the new managers faith with goals. 

However if he has to endure another season on the fringes with starts few and far between the Mexican would have plenty of offers to take his talents elsewhere.

It wouldn’t be too far to say that Hernandez is one of the best players at the club and arguably one of the best goalscorers in the Premier League. With this Moyes must be tempted to incorporate him into his plans one way or another. 

Often his short game was his downfall, with his passing ability being far from the best, however this has improved in the past season and with his impeccable nose for goals and ability to find chances from anywhere in the penalty it would be foolish to continue to leave him out.

Many United fans feel Robert Lewandowski should be purchased this summer from Dortmund to add extra firepower, however that firepower could well be a little closer to home than people realise with Hernandez eagerly waiting in the wings to become a regular starter at the Theatre of Dreams. 

It’s safe to say a large number of fans would love to see the Mexican given a fair crack at the whip in the starting 11 next season and thus return the faith with goals galore.


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