Javier Hernandez’s 2013-14 season has been one to forget. Having featured as a squad player for most of the campaign at Manchester United, he headed into the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil with his country Mexico out of form.
The 26-year-old did not start the North American side’s opening game of the tournament against Cameroon at the Arena das Dunas in Natal on June 13, and came on as a substitute against Brazil as well in their next Group A clash at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza.
Hernandez was on the bench again in Mexico’s final and crucial group game against Croatia at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, but the former Guadalajara star scored his side’s third in a 3-1 victory after coming on just past the hour mark.
That goal would have surely given him confidence, but Mexico coach Miguel Herrera still kept him on the substitutes’ bench for their last-16 clash against the Netherlands at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza on Sunday.
Hernandez did come on in the 75th minute when Mexico were leading 1-0, but the Dutch scored two late goals to stage a 2-1 comeback victory and secure their place in the quarter-finals.
After the match, Hernandez was quoted as saying by FOX Deportes: ‘I don’t know if it is best (for Herrera) to continue, that is for the manager (to decide)’.
Hernandez has now denied that he made any comments about the future of his national team manager, taking to social networking site Twitter to distance himself from the quotes attributed to him.
Me acabo de enterar de una nota que subió @FOXDeportes en la que dice que hablé sobre la continuidad de Miguel, esa “entrevista” no existe..— Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) June 30, 2014
.. y es una vergüenza que un medio como @FOXDeportes INVENTE eso, y que quiera crear situaciones incómodas en un grupo tan unido como este!!— Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) June 30, 2014
‘I just found a note that went up on FOX Deportes in which it says that I spoke about the continuity of Miguel’, he wrote. ‘This ‘interview’ does not exist.
‘It’s a shame that a medium as FOX Deportes INVENTED that, and wants to create uncomfortable situations in a group as united as this!’
Strong words from Hernandez, who is clearly not impressed with Fox Deportes allegedly ‘inventing’ the interview.
Moreover, this is not what Hernandez needs at the moment – he has enough on his plate, like his future at United under Louis van Gaal...