Amidst all the furore and wild speculation around Old Trafford this season one thing has become abundantly clear; David Moyes will be shipping copious amounts of deadwood this month.
It doesn’t take a prophet to predict that the likes of Anderson, Nani, Ashley Young and Tom Cleverley could well be sailing upon the ship destined to leave Manchester, and few can provide a quantifiable argument in defence for them staying.
However I for one would be alarmed were I a United fan at the increasingly prolific rumours suggesting that Javier Hernandez could be allowed to leave for Arsenal.
The touted sum, said to be close to £15million, isn’t the most worrying factor so much as the idea of selling him in the first place.
Yes Hernandez may not have ever managed to earn himself anything other than super-sub status with the reigning Premier League champions, but that isn’t to say that he wouldn’t be capable of finding the net consistently elsewhere.
Whilst Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie remain in their respective primes their Mexican understudy isn’t going to garner the game-time he reportedly desires, and so it’s plain to see that an exit could perhaps be on the cards this month.
But whilst Tottenham, Valencia and Arsenal have all been linked in connection with the 25-year-old at various intervals over the last few months, it would be nothing short of foolish for Moyes to offer the nod of approval toward any deal concerning Hernandez joining Arsene Wenger’s charges.
In short, Chicharito is the embodiment of the only element the Gunners need to clinch the title, and in my mind if they get their man there’s no reason they won’t go on to pip Manchester City and Chelsea to the title.
Well documented since as early as September, Wenger’s longing for a free-scoring striker is patently obvious for all to see. And with the sort of strike record Hernandez can boast, there’s no reason not to expect him to do well in north London.
Subsequently the conundrum in Moyes’ mind should not be how much to ask for the man who has netted 54 in a United shirt, but rather who he should allow him to depart for.
In this particular respect there’s few who would discourage him from taking a leaf out of Jose Mourinho’s well rehearsed book of plays- coincidentally it was Wenger’s pursuit of a different striker that serves as evidence. When the Frenchman enquired about the possibility of Demba Ba in the summer, there were few who would have begrudged Chelsea a sale.
However the Blues’ boss saw the potential danger of allowing a renown striker, no matter how in or out of form he may be, to move to the current Arsenal side, which is bursting at the seems with creative talent.
In this instance Moyes needs to remember than no matter what position his side are occupying in the Premier League table, a sale that would put the proverbial icing on the cake for a title rival is not a good idea.
If United still harbour any hopes of retaining their trophy and clawing their way back to win the league, they need to conduct their business accordingly.