Why Chicharito has to step up against Liverpool

Javier Hernandez should get a chance to step up for Manchester United against Liverpool on Wednesday.

Chicharito has not had a great start to the season - mainly because he has not been handed a single start.

He’s featured in only three matches as a substitute and has managed just two shots on goal so far from those bit-part appearances.

What makes Chicharito so popular with United fans is how old school he is in the respect that all he wants to do is terrorise defences and score goals for his club.

It’s time for him to step up and make a point to David Moyes because if he’s closed out by Liverpool’s defence, he could be staring at a season of bench warming which may ultimately force him away from Old Trafford.

There are plenty of ways he can be effective against Liverpool this week and the first is to play his natural game.

Hernandez is one of the best in the Premier League when it comes to playing on the shoulder of a defence, pushing the back four back inside their own penalty area, making it difficult for the centre backs to push up for a higher line.

He can stay right on top of the defence whether he’s playing through the middle or whether United shift the ball wider because he reads the game very well and knows how to get into those simple goalscoring positions around the penalty area.

His movement is also going to be key and something that Moyes will be keeping a close eye on.

If Hernandez wants to go into the United starting eleven with, or instead of, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, then he has to prove he can be just as effective in terms of occupying players.

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Hernandez is quick and agile enough to switch from one defender to the other effortlessly and if he can occupy both centre backs, that will create space for other players to exploit.

He has every skill in the book needed to create chaos around that Liverpool defence, which is likely to change from the back four Brendan Rodgers has been using in the Premier League.

Van Persie is one of the best in the business when it comes to occupying more than one player and that’s something Hernandez has to replicate, as he’s not the sort of forward who can drop off and offer an alternative role in midfield.

He should be fresh, he should be ready and he should be very determined to step up and prove why he needs to start more regularly if United are going to turn around this bad start to the season.

He’s not under pressure to step up, it’s a chance for him to step up.

What do you think? Should Hernandez start and will he be successful?

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