Considering how well Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa played in Manchester United’s recent 4-0 win over Newcastle United, striker Javier Hernandez’s contribution was, if not forgotten, certainly overshadowed.
The Mexican striker has found game-time hard to come by this season, but against the Magpies he linked up well with the two number 10s and Adnan Januzaj to form a highly effective attacking quartet, scoring one goal and setting up another.
With doubts over Wayne Rooney’s fitness, there were calls for Hernandez to start against Bayern Munich in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final.
But instead, the English striker made something of a miraculous recovery and Chicharito was relegated to the bench.
As it was, Rooney was far from his best, missing one glorious chance that may just have won the tie after Bayern had swiftly equalised Patrice Evra’s opener. It was an effort Hernandez would have gobbled up – as would a fully-fit Rooney – but neither of those were on the pitch, the England striker looking a shadow of his usual self.
Hernandez did come on for the final 16 minutes, but by then the game was lost and he could do little to change that.
But it was in choosing a half-fit Rooney over an in-form Hernandez that David Moyes surely signalled the end was nigh for the Mexican international.
After all, he had also netted in his previous appearance against Aston Villa, showing that he was finding some goal-scoring form just as United needed that in the Allianz Arena.
Instead Rooney played and did little, leaving Hernandez to surely wonder if his talents would be better appreciated elsewhere.
It is easy to say so in hindsight, but if Hernandez had played instead of Rooney, United fans just might have witnessed to one of the greatest nights in their history.