In just a very short time at the club, Javier Hernandez has been a revelation for Manchester United. His natural eye for goal and instinctive finishing have already secured vital results for the club both at home and abroad, while his admirable attitude and professionalism have seen him take the potentially daunting move from Mexico to Manchester entirely in his stride.
Perhaps most important for his manager, the striker has (for now at least) assuaged many doubts over Ferguson’s record in the transfer market, giving the fans something to cheer about in the face of Berbatov’s regrettable relapse to his old, frustrating self, not to mention Rooney’s recent ransom demands.
So, with Chicharito having had such an impact in such a short time, it was in all likelihood inevitable that the bandits from Madrid would, once again, come rampaging over the horizon firing warning shots in the air and threatening another raid. Mourinho’s men would certainly benefit from a few more caballeros of Chicharito’s character; for his own sake, however, I would certainly hope the “little pea” to be slightly more immune to the false lustre of the glamorous Galacticos than Ronaldo and co.
Like the aforementioned, Hernandez is already a favourite among the fans, and has the chance to establish himself as a true United legend. Alas, for Ronaldo, the chance to become the best ever player at the biggest club in the world was not enough, and it is unfortunate that Hernandez is the only player since who has looked like the beginning of yet another generation of starlets, such was the void left by the departure of Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez. Indeed, had Rooney followed suit there would possibly have been no way back for United, as any chance of bringing either established or potential talent to the club would have surely vanished. More reason than ever, therefore, that Hernandez must stay, and be at the crest of a new wave of talent to sweep away the deadwood which floats all too evidently around the Old Trafford pitch.
Stay he must, and stay he (probably) will. There was never any doubt that Ronaldo wanted one day to ply his trade at the Bernabeu, whereas Hernandez seems to relish every moment he spends at United. I have long held the belief that Real Madrid are incredibly damaging to football; they buy only the most expensive, attack-minded players from all corners of the globe, very rarely developing their own talent and affecting wholesale changes every time the club fails to win every single trophy they are competing for.
Moreover, they seem to view every other club as their own personal shop window, and I think anybody would struggle to think of an in-form player who has not been linked with a big money move to the Spanish capital. It was Rooney last year. It was Rooney a few weeks ago. Now it’s Hernandez. Next up will most likely be Newcastle’s Andy Carroll.
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