Manchester United and Mexico striker Javier Hernandez has revealed that he is far from happy with having to start on the bench, and doesn’t like being referred to as a ‘super-sub’.
The wily 26-year-old forward has garnered something of a reputation for being prolific when bought on in the latter stages of games as opposed to starting them, and at club level he’s never managed to establish himself as anything other than a backup choice behind Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. However, as talkSPORT relays, Hernandez isn’t content to keep the title he’s managed to acquire from fans around the world, and is tired with the way supporters view him as a player.
What makes the comments even more pertinent is the fact that Mexico boss Miguel Herrera has already made it clear that ex-Tottenham flop Giovani dos Santos will start up front during their opening World Cup match against Cameroon, meaning Hernandez should take a place on the bench.
“I’ve never seen myself as a sub and I don’t like being one,” Hernandez told reporters.
"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."
Despite having scored 35 goals for his national side in 62 appearances, it would appear that Hernandez is destined to struggle to get the opportunity to impress Louis van Gaal in the coming weeks. With large amounts of speculation suggesting that he could be part of the group of players who are shipped from Old Trafford this summer, the striker would most certainly have been eyeing the World Cup as a stage on which to make a point.
As Van Gaal looks to usher in a new era with regards to the team at the former Premier League champions, Hernandez could fall further down the pecking order if new recruits in his position are bought in, and his long-term future at United could therefore be put in jeopardy. A number of rival clubs are said to be interested in securing the services of the diminutive forward, but the player himself would no doubt love to remain with his current team if it’s at all possible.
It remains to be see whether or not Hernandez’s charged emotions will get the better of him in Brazil, as Mexico look to qualify from what is undeniably a difficult group. After facing Cameroon tonight in their first fixture they’ll play the hosts of the tournament next Tuesday and then Croatia the following Monday. Following Brazil’s 3-1 victory over the latter last night the South American’s have it all to do to ensure that they remain in contention for a spot in the knockout rounds, but Samuel Eto’o and Co. are likely to be stiff competition.