Arsenal and Tottenham are preparing offers for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez after the Mexico international launched a thinly-veiled attack at the Red Devils for showing little faith in him over the past 12 months.
This is according to the Express, who believe United boss Louis van Gaal may allow the 26-year-old striker to leave Old Trafford this summer. While both Arsenal and Spurs are keen, the north London duo will need to fend off stiff competition from Inter Milan and Real Madrid to secure his signature.
Last season, Hernandez endured his most disappointing campaign since arriving at the club in 2010. The Mexican, who scored four Premier League goals in 24 appearances, told reporters that his miserable campaign was mainly due to a lack of confidence. He also indicated that he was less than impressed with Van Gaal’s predecessor, David Moyes, who was sacked in April.
"This whole year has been very tough. Players need confidence more than anything else, and I've been very short of it,” he said. "Very few people have shown faith in me over this past year."
Hernandez looks certain to leave
It’s no secret that Van Gaal is a huge fan of Robin van Persie - his compatriot and the man he made captain of the Netherlands national team last year. Meanwhile, both Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck are expected to play prominent roles under Van Gaal, even though the latter is reportedly keen to leave Old Trafford after failing to establish himself as the Red Devils’ main centre-forward.
Hernandez is the least versatile of the quartet, hence why he spent most of last season on the substitutes’ bench. Van Persie is regarded as the club’s best out-and-out striker and there’s little evidence to suggest Hernandez possesses the all-round ability to usurp the Dutch superstar.
Arsenal and Tottenham will prove tempting
Hernandez seems to have reached the point where he knows that, for the good of his own career, he must leave Manchester United sooner rather than later. Be will he be keen to stay in the Premier League?
The live-wire striker would almost certainly get more playing time at both Arsenal and Tottenham, but whether he could become the first-choice striker at either club is doubtful. The Gunners have Olivier Giroud, who continues to improve, while Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to get the best out of Spain international Roberto Soldado next season.
A move abroad may prove even more appealing
Hernandez is likely to regard Real Madrid’s interest with extreme caution. Although the bright lights of the Bernabeu would tempt just about every ambitious progressional, Chicharito knows he cannot afford to fall into the same trap of playing a peripheral role at his next club. At Real Madrid, Hernandez would almost certainly be a bench-warmer.
At Inter Milan, though, or at a similar club, Hernandez may be presented with the opportunities to cement his status as a first-choice striker. That’s his primary goal.
A move away from Manchester United, it seems, is inevitable for this particular fan favourite.
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