Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has named the best finisher he’s ever played with - and it isn’t Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie or Radamel Falcao.
The Spaniard handed that particular accolade to Javier Hernandez - although one suspects his friendship with the Mexico international may have had a bearing on his decision.
Indeed, when asked to name the finest finisher he has played with in his career so far, De Gea told Manchester United’s official website: “My great friend Chicharito”.
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However, there’s no denying that Hernandez is a pretty decent finisher. The 27-year-old has scored goals throughout his career - albeit on a less regular basis in recent seasons - and once netted 20 in all competitions during a full campaign for the Red Devils.
Over the past couple of seasons, having spent so much time on the substitutes bench, Hernandez’s confidence has taken a few hefty blows - often resulting in the live-wire striker snatching at chances or wasting gilt-edged opportunities that he’d have converted with his eyes shut several years ago.
Hernandez was doomed under Van Gaal
For example, in his final appearance for Manchester United - against Club Brugge in the Champions League play-off round - Chicharito missed a penalty and skied a shot over the crossbar from inside the six-yard box after coming off the bench.
The look that Louis van Gaal gave to his assistant Ryan Giggs after the missed penalty meant it came as no surprise when, days later, Hernandez was sold to Bayer Leverkusen for £7.3 million.
Hernandez has scored two goals in seven appearances for the German club, but it may take a little longer for the former Real Madrid loanee to rediscover his confidence and, subsequently, his best form.
Manchester United fans: should Louis van Gaal have kept Chicharito as back-up for Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!