Why will Javier Hernandez be cheering on a Manchester City fan?

Oakland Raiders

Manchester United striker Chicharito's love of NFL will see him backing a British born rookie who supports... Manchester City.

For those unaware, the NFL season begins imminently, bringing to life a whole new flavour of football with even more glitz and glamour than the Premier League.

Links between 'soccer' and American Football are ever-growing, whether it be players and coaches sharing sports-science injury recovery techniques and nutrition, or an ever increasing batch of tycoons deciding owning an NFL franchise is not enough - and they want a Premier League club too.

Many a Premier League footballer are fans of the sport, with Rio Ferdinand one renowned example. The defender was due to jump in a helicopter and fly down to watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2011 and lead out the team at Wembley.

Except that day Manchester United were hammered 6-1 at home to Manchester City, and Sir Alex Ferguson undoubtedly in one hell of a mood put the brakes on that plan. A miserable day was compounded the the Glazers when the Bucs were defeated by the Chicago Bears.

With the season due to begin, you can expect to see several footballers tweeting about the sport, with former City ace Nigel de Jong doing so, and Liverpool's Glen Johnson another big fan.

Another is Javier Hernandez. We speculated earlier this year that him being dropped for a Sunday midday kick-off at Anfield had something to do with the fact he was up still tweeting about the ongoing Broncos-Ravens play-off game at 1am. 

He has been expressing his excitement on Twitter again today, declaring himself as an Oakland Raiders fan. No wonder he kept it quiet before.

But the start of the season is just that, a time to be positive, and perhaps the only time during the campaign the Raiders will not have a losing record if recent seasons are anything to go by.

We are sure if he is a big fan of the Raiders that he will be aware of one of the team's new rookies called Menelik Watson.

Watson is a Brit who was drafted in this year's second round, and plays as an Offensive Tackle, and was in line for a starting spot this weekend until a minor knee injury has made his status 'questionable' ahead of Sunday's game with the Colts.

Chicharito retweeted a message from his favourite team, the Raiders, earlier today showing his support for them ahead of the kick-off.

His message may well have been missed by Menelik Watson, but we wonder what he would have thought of it.

Watson was born in Longsight, Manchester, and even had dreams of becoming a professional 'soccer player.' He ended up moving into basketball, going to America via the Canary Islands to try his luck, and ended up moving onto American Football.

Watson is a self-confessed Manchester City fan, admitting they were the club he always wanted to play for, and being interviewed on several recent occasions by the club's website.

His career is one to watch, and he deserves to receive positive injury news ahead of the weekend. But if Chicharito is expecting him to send a good luck message back his way and cheer him on, he should probably forget it.

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