World Cup call after just six league starts shows United man’s quality

Close for Javier Hernandez for Mexico

Manchester United front-man Javier Hernandez has been named in Mexico's World Cup squad despite barely playing for his club this season.

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has been called up into the Mexico World Cup squad despite making just six league starts for his club this season.

But rather than bemoan the lack of goal-scoring talent available to the country if a man with so little game-time under his belt is called on regardless, the simple fact is Hernandez is too good to ignore.

The Mexican sharp-shooter has not had a campaign to remember, scoring just nine goals all season and just four in the Premier League.

Even with Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney suffering injuries at different times during the campaign, Hernandez was rarely called on by David Moyes, and talk was of a summer departure – after a January move reportedly fell through at the 11th hour.

But with Moyes now gone and Louis van Gaal strongly tipped to replace him, Hernandez could be about to experience something of a fresh start at Old Trafford, four years after arriving following an impressive World Cup campaign.

It would be a wonderful end to an otherwise forgettable season if Hernandez can replicate his form from South Africa 2010 this summer.

But the simple fact that he has been called up for his country despite having rarely featured for his club shows what a talent he is; a talent that United’s next boss would be foolish to ignore.

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