Javier Hernandez not concerned with impressing Van Gaal at World Cup

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Javier Hernandez will have the ideal opportunity to showcase his talents to his new club manager Louis Van Gaal this weekend.

With Mexico having secured qualification to the knockout rounds, they take on Van Gaal's Netherlands team in the second round of the 2014 World Cup on Sunday.

The prospect of impressing his new boss at Manchester United couldn't be further from the Mexican striker's mind however as he prepares for Saturday's crunch game:

"Yes, it's him next. I know," Hernandez told reporters with a smile this week.

"I don't think either of us will be thinking of Manchester United, he is the Dutch manager and I am a Mexico player, so there is nothing else." 

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World Cup role

With his future at Old Trafford in doubt however an effective performance would certainly do the striker's chances next season no harm even if it was against his future coach.

Hernandez will arrive at the last 16 game coming of his best performance in the tournament so far.

Having found himself on El Tri's substitutes bench for all three group games, the diminutive striker finally made an impact in Mexico's final Group A tie - assisting one goal, and scoring another having come on for Miguel Herrera's side just after the hour mark.

Lack of opportunities

Whilst Hernandez has played down the chance to impress Van Gaal, the player's national team coach has already intermitted that his lack of playing time at Manchester United under former boss David Moyes played a part in him losing his starting berth for Mexico.

As such the game against Holland would be the ideal place to stake a claim for a domestic future in Manchester as well as an international start. 

It certainly wasn't an ideal time for Hernandez last season as he struggled to get a look in during David Moyes' tumultuous reign as Manchester United manager. Although he managed 24 Premier League appearances for United in 2013-14, he started only six of those - managing just four goals in the process.

Staying Positive

He was however quick to dismiss talk that the difficult period had caused a lack of confidence:

"No, my confidence was there," said the 26-year-old.

"If I did not have confidence, I would not be here at the World Cup, I would not have come on, I would not have the faith of Miguel, I wold not have scored a goal.

"If I had lost confidence during this complicated period, I would not be here."

The player has earned himself something of a 'super-sub' tag during his time in English football, and while he clearly would prefer to be a stater, he hasn't let his reduced role impact his performances.

Ironically, with Mexico likely to again start him on the bench for the game against the Netherlands, Hernandez would do little to dissuade Van Gaal of his usefulness of the bench if he was to find the net.

Manchester United Future

As noted above, Javier Hernandez's time with Manchester United may be coming to an end regardless of how he performs in the upcoming World Cup fixture against Van Gaal however.

Reports have linked the striker with a move away from Old Trafford after four years with the English Premier League club and with Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Robin Van Persie ahead of him in the pecking order he himself may feel a new challenge is required.

A goal against his future manager would at least force the issue either way even if Hernandez is keen to keep focus on Mexico.

If Hernandez fails to impress Van Gaal in his traditional position, perhaps a future in goal beckons after his performances in Mexico training...

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