If recent reports are to be believed, Javier Hernandez’s time at Manchester United is coming to an end.
One of the deadliest strikers to pull on a United shirt, the Mexican was supposed to become a club legend. And some would argue he already is – given his talent, attitude and outstanding debut season that saw a star unearthed for a bargain price.
But then Robin van Persie came along, and Wayne Rooney continued to do what he does so well, and – inexplicably – Danny Welbeck was given game-time while Hernandez sat patiently on the bench watching the England man do little more than run around.
The most recent stories claim Hernandez could be used in a swap deal that sees Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin arrive at Old Trafford. But that will not happen, and neither will any other move mooted as the January transfer window nears.
Hernandez should not and will not leave United next month for one very simple reason – van Persie is suffering a run of injuries all too familiar to Arsenal fans.
And given that Rooney can only do so much, and Welbeck is a striker only in name, David Moyes would be crazy to part with such an effective goal-threat when his – or at least Sir Alex Ferguson’s – star man is spending the festive season on the treatment table.
While the Dutchman is expected to be back by mid-January, Moyes cannot risk parting with Hernandez only to see van Persie add another injury to his season’s collection.
For that reason, along with the fact that the Mexican sharp-shooter is just too good to let go, United fans would be wise to ignore the rumours.
Plenty will leave Old Trafford in the coming months, but Chicharito cannot be one of them.
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