Hernandez must be overjoyed at Rooney exit rumours

Javier Hernandez has remained quiet in the background at Manchester United whilst others talk a little too much.

Chicharito played a bit-part with the Premier League champions this term – I’ve written several times throughout the season that his attitude is exemplary. He doesn’t complain about his lack of first-team opportunities and when he does get a chance, he grabs it with both hands.

He became something of a Solskjaer-esc ‘supersub’ this term – biding his time on the bench behind Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney. However, his behavior and attitude is something new boss David Moyes would be well advised to reward.

Wayne Rooney effectively threw his toys out the pram towards the end of this season – his sulking after being substituted, his dismay at being benched in a couple of big games was followed by his announcement (the same week as Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement, no less) that he has handed in a transfer request and wishes to leave Old Trafford.

Hernandez is the antithesis and, as such, has shown great decorum and maturity, despite being two years Rooney’s junior. Whilst all this speculation over Rooney’s future intensifies, Hernandez has quietly come out to give the Red Devils assurances that he sees his future at Old Trafford.

He had previously been linked with interest from Juventus. Whilst he may have considered his future, no doubt Rooney’s recent actions have reaffirmed his desire to stay and fight for his place in the team.

After all, if Rooney departs this summer, he’ll only have a 30-year-old Robin van Persie to contend with, along with Danny Welbeck who is arguably behind him already in the pecking order.

That’s not a bad situation for the Mexican striker and it’s no surprise his agent has come out publicly to declare he intends to stay at United.

”He is very happy at Manchester United. Javier has been there three years and has won the league twice. Not many can say they have achieved that,” said Eduardo Hernandez.

In fact, with all this mess over Rooney’s future, Chicharito is perhaps the main beneficiary. If Rooney stays, he’ll probably have to prove his commitment to the club again and be prepared to fight for his place in David Moyes’ team and if he goes, that one less player to compete with for Hernandez.

I’m not surprised he’s happy at United. Things have never looked more promising for him. He must be overjoyed.

images: © Audrey Pilato, © eschipul

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