Anyone who thinks Javier Hernandez hasn’t contributed and isn’t important to Manchester United is either misinformed or doesn’t understand United very well.
He’s bagged 16 goals for the club in all competitions, yet there are still plenty of stories suggesting a move away from Old Trafford this summer is on the cards.
Therefore, it’s very important United secure the Premier League title as quickly as possible, which will allow Sir Alex Ferguson the freedom to start Hernandez in every game for the rest of the season.
If that happens then Chicharito has the chance to produce the sort of performances, which may prevent United from paying attention to any formal and official bids for the Mexican in the summer.
Whichever way you look at it, he’s not going to get into the attack ahead of Robin Van Persie or Wayne Rooney until the title is safe and secure.
Hernandez would not see his inclusion in the side, just because the title is secure, as an insult. He’s the sort of player who seems to relish every chance he gets and that’s exactly how he would view this.
It’s very important for him to get into the side and stay there for as long as possible, using the games left over the rest of the season as a chance to give Ferguson a headache with his attacking unit ahead of the 2013/2014 campaign.
It may also put Ferguson off from adding to his attacking unit this summer, with plenty of links to various strikers all over the world, who would physically damage Hernandez’s chances of remaining a United player.
That would allow the club to centralise the budget they have available this summer, to go after a high profile midfield target or targets, which is where the current side is at its weakest.
The sequence of events which could see Hernandez reluctantly leaving the club, is if securing the title becomes a drawn out process for United that means Ferguson can’t take the risk of injecting him into the side.
It’s all about impressing and making himself indispensible to the club because Ferguson clearly doesn’t want to sell him and he’s voiced no desire to go elsewhere, just that he’s frustrated by the lack of chances he’s getting.
There are only two ways that Hernandez is going to leave the club.
The first and the most obvious is if he pushes for a move away himself, because of that frustration about not getting many chances, which could be soothed if United wrap up the title and can then afford the luxury of playing him without pressure.
The only other way he could leave is if United are presented with the chance to realistically sign a superstar this summer, leaving the club with no alternative but to axe a striker to make way.
How much of an impact can he have in remaining games?
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