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Javier Hernandez suffers from changing attacks

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Hernandez is a regular fixture on the United bench (©GettyImages)
Hernandez is a regular fixture on the United bench (©GettyImages).

Javier Hernandez joined Manchester United in 2010 and has since become one of the best poachers in Europe.

The Mexican has managed 33 goals in 79 league games for his club, and when needing a goal there is arguably no-one better in the country that the ‘little pea’.

It is a mystery to many footballs fans as to why Chicharito doesn’t play as often as he should, but the reason for this isn’t really either his or United’s fault.

Quite simply, Hernandez doesn't play as there is a lesser need for a poacher in the game than there used to be.

When making a list of the world’s top strikers, not many of them can be classed as a poacher.

In the Premier League we have the likes of Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres and Robin van Persie who all much prefer to come deep to collect the ball and run at the back-line rather than playing just off the last defender.

The same can be said when looking elsewhere in Europe. Milan’s Mario Balotelli, PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bayern’s Mario Mandzukic all look to come and collect the ball rather than relying on their midfielders to get them in behind the defense.

Now there is absolutely no doubting Hernandez’s quality, but to become a regular fixture in United’s starting  he may have to look to change the way he plays.

Football is a constantly changing game, we see Spain, who are possibly the best International side in the world, playing a ‘fake No9’ rather than an out-and-out striker.

The very best players are always looking to do their team-mates jobs just as much as their own as they want to be as involved in every game as they can.

Unfortunately for players like Hernandez, the change in the game has affected him greatly and this may be the reason as to why he has become a regular on the United bench.

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