How Mexico's World Cup nightmare benefits Manchester United

Mexico are staring at the very real possibility of not making the World Cup in Brazil next summer following a shock defeat to Honduras.

It was almost taken for granted that Mexico would see off the challenge of Honduras in front of a home crowd but the away side pulled of one of the shocks of qualifying with a hard fought 2-1 win.

The leaves Mexico five points behind the USA in second place, with three games left and a monumental uphill task if they are going to qualify for the tournament in Brazil next year.

However, one Premier League team that won’t be at all bothered if Mexico don’t qualify for the World Cup next summer is Manchester United.

David Moyes will be one of the many managers watching the tournament closely next summer, monitoring every match, searching for signs of key players picking up knocks and troublesome injuries.

With United forward Javier Hernandez one of United’s key attacking players, it can be viewed as a positive for the Old Trafford side if the Mexican isn’t present at the tournament and gets a summer of rest.

That should enable him to head into the start of the 2014/2015 season in superb physical condition.

Hernandez has not featured at the start of this season but there are plenty of things which could happen over the course of the next year, which could lead to him having a much more prominent role at Old Trafford.

The issue of Wayne Rooney’s future could resurface next summer. Rooney’s deal at Old Trafford will soon be the subject of a renewal and United could be forced to finally sell the striker next summer if he’s not going to sign on.

That would make Hernandez even more valuable to David Moyes than he currently is because of his ability to hunt goals in the opponent’s penalty area and simply go all out to put the ball into the back of the net.

There’s also the lottery of injuries which could make him more valuable. If one of United’s key men goes down for a long time towards the end of the season, Chicharito will become more valuable heading into pre-season and the next campaign.

United may also be tasked with initial negotiations to extend the player’s contract at Old Trafford next summer. His deal expires in the summer of 2016 and it’s usually around the two-years to go mark that sides look at opening up talks over a new deal.

It will be far easier for United to start that process if he’s not away at a big international tournament, reducing the chance that sides could come in and try to tempt him away with various lucrative offers later in the summer.

Hernandez will continue to be linked with moves away from United because of his current squad status, but there’s no doubt Moyes would prefer him to have a summer of rest next year rather than travelling for the World Cup.

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