Manchester United and West Ham United will both meet at Old Trafford on Saturday evening as the season enters its final stages.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will meet Manuel Pellegrini’s side off the back of a gruelling encounter with Barcelona in the Champions League and they could welcome back a player who had some fond years at the club in the past and a man the Chilean could hope leads the line and ends the Hammers’ awful woes away from home.
Javier Hernandez, who is valued at £10.8million (per Transfermarkt), spent five seasons with the Red Devils between 2010-15 and is currently in his second year with the London Stadium outfit. However, when looking at his career at the two clubs in further detail, where was he more successful as a player?
Let’s take a look at his history a little closer and compare the two in this battle below…
Javier Hernandez at Manchester United
Chicharito, as he is commonly known, had a rather impactful time during his spell at Old Trafford, with his debut season being his best to date when it comes down to the number of goals he has scored in England.
The Mexico international had netted 20 times in his 45 appearances, with 13 of those coming in the 27 Premier League matches he played a part in for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
As each campaign went by, he continued to produce respectable figures despite the fact that his game-time had started to dwindle, especially with the likes of Robin van Persie, Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney all competing for starting places as well.
Hernandez had a knack of being in the right place at the right time for Fergie’s men and came up with a number of match-winning goals in the dying moments of games and lifted the Premier League title on two different occasions – once in his first season with the club and then in the 2012-13 campaign.
TT Grade: B
Javier Hernandez at West Ham United
Spells at Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen soon happened for Hernandez before he returned to England and joined West Ham in the summer of 2017 for a fee thought to have been around £16million.
However, his career at the London Stadium has been far from easy as the Mexican forward has been hit with injuries and constant speculation that he might be on his way out of the club. Notably, talk had started just six months after he signed as David Moyes had been appointed as the club’s new manager – the same man that had sold him when in charge of Manchester United.
Chicharito managed to find the back of the net eight times in his first campaign with the Hammers though and has continued with his efforts this year as well under Manuel Pellegrini, having matched his tally across all competitions so far.
But, it appears the Chilean is not quite happy with the Latin American forward as it is claimed that he could be on the move again this summer as the manager is not too happy with his performances and behaviour on the pitch, despite winning the club a number of points from losing positions.
TT Grade: C+
Hernandez made an immediate impact during his time at Manchester United and looked to be a quality find at the time, making his career at the Red Devils the winner of this particular battle.
There is no doubt that the 30-year-old has contributed for West Ham on occasion over the past couple of years, however, his performances have been far and few between and have left many at the London Stadium rather frustrated at times.
Whether he can return to his old stomping ground and have the effect that the Hammers would love for him to have remains to be seen, but Old Trafford is certainly a place that the Mexican has had some of the best times of his career.
Man Utd and West Ham fans, do you agree with the outcome of this battle? Or, if you disagree, why? Share your thoughts with us below by joining in with the discussion.