As the January transfer has gracefully been shut behind us, Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez will remain at Old Trafford for the time being. The 25-year-old has seen his chances limited under new manager David Moyes – scoring twice in just four Premier League starts – and his agent has revealed Hernandez has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
Following Manchester United’s signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea, Moyes is likely to stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation so that he can accommodate the Spaniard alongside Adnan Januzaj and Wayne Rooney with Robin Van Persie up top. Chicharito will therefore be competing with three strikers for one role, limiting his first team appearances even further.
The Mexico international’s Manchester United contract runs until the summer of 2015 and he is still held in high regard by the club, but he has recently hinted at leaving United and will consider his options after the World Cup.
“I was in Manchester [earlier this week], I met with the chairman. Javier is considered among the most important players at the club,” his agent, Eduardo Hernandez, told ESPN Deportes.
“Chicharito will not leave United within the next six months, but we do not know what will happen after [the World Cup].
“There’s been a club in Germany, one in France, two clubs in Spain and two more in Italy that are hoping to count on his services.
“We hope that he gets minutes [before the end of the season]. Then, after the World Cup, God will tell us what will be the next step.”
Hernandez has been linked with a move away from the club over the past couple months as he has struggled to get into the Manchester United starting Xl. The likelihood of Chicharito agreeing to move in January was slim according to his agent, which could have possibly jeopardize his World Cup spot with El Tri – however his future at Old Trafford beyond the summer remains in doubt.
In a bleak season with long stretches of inactivity and very few goals for the Mexican, Hernandez got a rare start for United on January 5th in the FA Cup against Swansea, and it took him just 16 minutes to get on the score sheet. The fans and the team were reminded of the seldom-used value it has in Hernandez, although Swansea went on to win the game. That marked what is turning into a humbling season for Hernandez and the club.
Just to give an idea of United’s struggles in this historic season, it was the first time Swansea have ever won at Old Trafford and it was United’s fifth home defeat of the season. Since then, United have gone on to lose three more times in all competitions. At this stage of his career, the 25-year-old had to be planning for an increasing role with the Red Devils this year. Instead, he has seen his role shrink under the guidance of Moyes.
With the likes of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney providing their goal-scoring abilities to United, it is understandable that Moyes could struggle to find minutes for Chicharito. With the team struggling and Van Persie battling to stay healthy, however, it is quite surprising that Moyes hasn’t found more of an opportunity for Chicharito to show what he’s got. Look for Hernandez to seek a move away from Old Trafford after the World Cup if he does not get improved playing time.
Written by Bassil Thayabeh