The starting lineup for Mexico’s game against Brazil has been released by the Mexican FA and for the second game running Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has been left out of Miguel Herrera’s first team plans.
Well now El Tri’s head coach has come out and actually given an explanation to the adoring Pueblo Mexicano about why their third all-time leading scorer is out of the side at such a crucial time.
And Herrera is laying the blame at the feet of former United manager David Moyes, who was a failure at the club and sacked before the end of the 2013/14 Premier League season.
In the past few years Hernandez had been a regular for El Tri and Manchester United under the tenure of Alex Ferguson. Ferguson brought Chicharito to the club before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and he repaid that faith shown in him by the Scotsman, scoring in the double figures in the league every season at Old Trafford before Sir Alex retired.
Then Moyes was brought into the hot seat and Hernandez’s form jumped off the edge of a cliff for both club and country. Chicha wasn’t used anywhere near as much under the former Everton man and coming off the bench more times than starting affected his output for both club and country.
Before Moyes became United manager Hernandez’s record for national side was exceptional, with 35 goals in just 52 appearances for El Tri. Since Moyes took charge he has played 10 times, failing to net in any of them.
"[Hernandez] had a difficult year because he had a different coach to the one that brought him to the club. [Ferguson] left and he had [Moyes]. He has an impressive market in Europe and I believe he has huge possibilities to be part of another team, being one of the starting players," Herrera told reporters.
"Sometimes people get heated up and carried away because they want to see Javier on the pitch but, with what we showed in the last match against Cameroon, people understand that we've decided to have 11 players that are going through their best time. When Javier went on, he started the move for the goal but he also passed when he might have shot."
Oribe Peralta has taken Hernandez’s place in the squad and it is looking like he has cemented that spot for some time to come unless the United man can make an impact off the bench in the game against Brazil or Croatia.