If there’s one thing I’m sure of in the circus following Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision about retirement, it’s that David Moyes will not sell Javier Hernandez this summer.
Chicharito sweats blood for this United side, regardless of the fact he may be a sub and regardless of the fact he may not be the first choice striker at Old Trafford.
There can be little doubt that if United sell Wayne Rooney, that will allow Hernandez to have more of a role in the current side unless Moyes replaces Rooney with another superstar forward during the summer transfer window.
Chicharito seems like the sort of player who would impress and help Moyes, which would make the impending new United boss all the more willing to give him an extended run of games.
In an ideal world, Rooney stays, the strikers get rotated and everyone stays happy but in the same ideal world, Sir Alex Ferguson would never ever have to leave his post at the club.
Hernandez has recently spoken of his frustration in terms of not being given the chance or the faith to start in big games and if Rooney is not at the club for the 2013/2014 season, his chances of getting those starts increase.
He’s on a long contract so there’s no pressure to get him out of the door or to tie him down any time soon and his numbers this season have been superb for the way he’s been used; 20 Premier League appearances, eight goals and four assists.
What Hernandez does represent is the desire to get on the end of chances and score goals which United have been missing ever since the days of Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Van Nistelrooy was the sort of striker who loved scoring goals. He’d hunt them out and it didn’t matter if they went in off his backside, he would celebrate them all the same.
Moyes is going to have to spend a lot of time working out his own system and the departure of Rooney is going to cause a dramatic change to the current formation and tactics.
Hernandez is a safe bet because he works hard, he’ll run his socks off, he can play as a number nine and a number ten and you know exactly what you are going to get from a player of his quality.
It’s naïve to suggest that he’s a better player than Rooney because you would always have Rooney in your side ahead of the Mexican, but the point is it would be a huge shame of Chicharito, the very definition of a goalscorer, is forced out of the club this summer.
Can Chicharito bridge the gap next season?
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