PHOTO: Manchester United duo embrace as international rivals


Manchester United duo Nani and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez faced each other last night.

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez came up against a third familiar face in a week as his Mexico side prepare for the World Cup.

Last Saturday, the striker came up against United teammate Antonio Valencia as Mexico ran out 3-1 winners against Ecuador. Next up on Tuesday was Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, as the Mexicans were defeated 1-0 by Bosnia and Herzegovina, and last night it was another Red Devils winger as the Little Pea faced Nani and Portugal.

Nani has long been linked with a move away from Old Trafford after making just a handful of uneventful appearances under former boss David Moyes in the 2013-14 season.

Serie A champions Juventus were named as a likely destination, and it was reported that the Turin outfit were keen to wrap up a deal before the start of the World Cup.

However, new United boss Louis van Gaal has reportedly told the Portuguese international to stay at the club as the Dutchman’s style of fast and attacking football would allow the 27-year-old to flourish.

Without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani is under further pressure to finally prove that he is a top player this summer, although the friendly against Mexico did little to aid his cause.

The former Sporting Lisbon star didn’t play badly, but the game itself was a rather turgid affair, with Portugal grabbing an unexpected last-minute winner through Bruno to clinch it 1-0.

Chicharito, on the other hand, only managed 30 minutes at the end as he started the game from the substitutes' bench – a similar role he has adhered to at United.

During the encounter, the United teammates were pictured in good spirits embracing and having a chat, and they will both be hoping that their respective national teams improve over the next few weeks.

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