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Javier Hernandez has given Moyes a selection headache

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Six matches unbeaten and three men in goalscoring form as well as another star performance from one of the brightest talents in the Premier League right now.

Manchester United's convincing victory over Norwich City last night could be papering over a few cracks - the newly-reinstated defensive pair of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were not even remotely tested by Johan Elmander and co. - but there is a reality now that Moyes has selection headaches over players in form - most notably up front. 

Leaving out Wayne Rooney is unthinkable on current form, so we won't even discuss that - but is there a place for Javier Hernandez in United's starting XI against Fulham?

It would seem foolish on the face of it to drop Robin van Persie for a game that United clearly need to win to keep up their momentum going into colossal clashes with Arsenal and Tottenham, but the slippery Mexican has three in his last two games now against Stoke and Norwich. 

Fulham are of similar ability to those two teams and in a bit of mixed form following their own League Cup exit at the hands of Championship side Leicester City. 

Before the big game against the Gunners comes a Champions League match against Real Sociedad, so the answer could be to let the in-form Hernandez continue in the starting line-up against the Cottagers before reinstating Van Persie to the starting team against Sociedad.

There could even possibly be room for both of them against Fulham, if Van Persie was prepared to sacrifice some of his game in a wider role. It is unlikely that such a thing will be contemplated even against Martin Jol's men, however, and the notion would likely be given scorn if suggested against Sociedad or Arsenal.

Yet it gives David Moyes plenty of food for thought, as does the return of Phil Jones to midfield. 

Tom Cleverley and Anderson have both largely disappointed alongside Michael Carrick and Saturday's game is the perfect opportunity for Jones to continue his momentum in the middle of the park - this time alongside Carrick and not Cleverley. 

Whilst he has looked shaky at the back this season, reverting to midfield could provide him with a more relaxed feeling knowing he has the likes of Vidic behind him, whilst allowing him to become more involved in play going forward. 

It all gives Moyes a headache from now until Saturday - but it's a headache that all managers crave.

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