Hernandez must leave United in January after Mexico win 5-1 without him

Javier Hernandez

As a domestic-only Mexican side romp to a win against New Zealand without him surely Javier Hernandez has to depart Manchester United in January?

Mexico have one foot in the World Cup finals next year, after thrashing New Zealand in their play-off match 5-1 last night.

Mexico had an awful CONCACAF qualifying campaign - which saw them narrowly beat Panama to fourth place and a play-off game with USA, Costa Rica and Honduras finishing above them.

In fact El Tri one just two of their ten games in the final Group Stage - and many, including their legendary striker Hugo Sanchez argue that they do not deserve a place in Brazil.

With their poor form considered the country appointed a new manager recently in Miguel Herrera - fresh from winning his first ever Liga MX title with America.

And he made a big decision ahead of this game, to play only Mexican based players for the match-up.

The gamble clearly paid off as despite the likes of Carlos Vela and Gio Dos Santos being asked to stay at home, they thrashed the Kiwi’s.

And no exceptions were made for the game, not even with arguably their biggest star - Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez.

The Manchester United striker has recently been criticised for his national team performances and it is certain that he was not exactly missed by his country last night.

The worry for him now is - what to do in January?

The striker has made no secret of his desire to play football more regularly, and although in an ideal world that would be for Manchester United, he surely knows a departure may be on the cards.

Until now it has not necessarily mattered how much football he was getting at Old Trafford - because when international duty rolled around he was still first name on the teamsheet.

Now however his place, not only in the starting XI, but the squad seems to be under threat with the new manager’s seemingly successful new strategy.

Tottenham and Arsenal have both been linked with a move for the player, and if he was to get regular playing time elsewhere in the Premier League it is difficult to envisage the national coach continuing his domestic only policy.

But Hernandez knows now that one place he cannot stay if he wants to go to the World Cup, which he obviously does, is Manchester United.

Miguel Herrera may have just signed Chicharito’s letter of resignation.

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