With Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez set to start on the bench again for Mexico in their second group game against Brazil tonight, manager Miguel Herrara has been speculating on the striker’s future.
Hernandez came on as a substitute in the 74th minute of the 1-0 win over Cameroon, missing a glorious opportunity to double the side’s lead when he volleyed a perfectly placed cross from winger Miguel Layun wildly over the bar.
His replacement in the lineup meanwhile, Oribe Peralta, netted the side’s lone goal and looked threatening throughout the game, with Herrara set to stick with the América frontman for the match against the host nation.
While the manager did laud Hernandez’s natural goalscoring talent, he also explained that he could not currently justify putting the United man in his starting XI, and even suggested that a change of scenery on the club level may be what’s required in order to rediscover his form.
"We have 23 top quality players, with most of them are starters in their own respective teams," he said. "Chicharito had a difficult year. Sadly his coach changed. The new one doesn’t quite like him but he has a great road ahead of him in Europe and I’m sure he will become a starter with another team.
"Right now though, the technical staff, with me leading it, have decided to choose these 11 players to be on the field and luckily they’ve proved us right so far."
Hernandez is coming off what’s been a hugely frustrating season at Old Trafford, with just six starts in 24 Premier League games and only five goals to show for his efforts, as the 26-year-old took an obvious step back from the promise he showed in the previous three campaigns under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Arguably his national side’s most crucial player until this year, with a record of 35 goals in 62 appearances, Hernandez now finds his career largely in limbo, with a move on the club front seeming the likely next step to revive his once highly-regarded reputation.
While Herrera’s comments on the striker’s manager were more likely in regards to the now-departed David Moyes, it remains to be seen how new man Louis van Gaal will regard Hernandez once he arrives after the World Cup this summer.
Though there’s certainly the chance of it leading to a fresh opportunity with the club, the odds are still fairly strong that Manchester’s “Little Pea” is playing his football elsewhere come the start of next season.