Javier Hernandez has been included in the Mexico squad a year after Sir Alex Ferguson stopped him from playing in the Olympics.
Chicharito is one of Mexico’s most important players but he was stopped from playing at the Olympics last summer because Sir Alex Ferguson said he wanted him to have a rest ahead of an important season.
This next season is arguably more important for United than last season, because David Moyes is taking over and the club is going to be challenged in more ways than ever before.
It’s an interesting decision by United not to have made things more difficult for Hernandez to play for Mexico this summer and it could be a sign of the first dramatic difference between the Ferguson and Moyes regimes.
Ferguson was always very critical of international friendly matches, seeing some as pointless and just increasing the chance of injury and damage to key players at crucial times of the year.
Hernandez could end up as one of the most important players for United ahead of the 2013/2014 season, especially if Wayne Rooney decides that he wants to leave the club.
That would leave Moyes with only three strikers to use, increasing the importance of keeping Hernandez fit and fresh if the club can’t draft in a replacement straight away.
The Olympics is the biggest sporting event in the world so the matches he would have played there are arguably more important than the World Cup qualifiers he’ll take part in this summer alongside the Confederations Cup.
Therefore, it makes Ferguson’s decision to stop him playing in that event last summer all the more baffling when United aren’t making more of a fuss about his inclusion in the latest Mexican squad.
The Olympics also took place in London, inside the country where Hernandez lives and plays all of his football.
The logistics of letting him play at that tournament would have been far less than his trips to South America now that the season in England has finished and clubs start preparations for next year.
It’s a difficult one because the World Cup qualifiers Mexico have this summer are important and the Confed Cup is one of the most talked about tournaments in global football.
Moyes may also not want to alienate a player who could turn out to be vital for him, before he’s even got his foot through the door at Old Trafford.
Hernandez’s United career has been hanging by a thread at times this season, as he’s talked about his frustration and desire to play so United don’t really have much of a say over his summer football.
It’s just a case of fingers crossed.
Should United be making more of a fuss to stop him?
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