In July 2010, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez became the first ever Mexican to sign for Manchester United. He arrived at Old Trafford after an impressive goal scoring record caught the attention of United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Hernandez hit the back of the net 29 times in 79 appearances for his former club Chivas, and after seeing him put in some good performances at the World Cup and in United’s 5-2 victory over the MLS All-Stars, I think it’s fair to say the 22-year-old looks to be the real deal.
With the new Premier League season approaching it’s possible that Hernandez could be called into action sooner than he thinks. With Michael Owen injured and Danny Welbeck along with Mame Biram Diouf likely to go out on loan, Hernandez could move into Ferguson’s first team plans. I think the striker definitely has the tools to do a job for United next season, possibly off the bench helping Wayne Rooney to provide the goals.
When playing for Mexico in South Africa ‘Chicharito’ bagged two impressive goals, one against France and the other Argentina. In addition, his debut goal for United against the MLS All-Stars displayed the electric pace he possesses and the cool head he’s got in from of goal.
Hernandez timed his run to perfection, peeling off the last defender and moving into space. His acceleration left the MLS defenders for dead before he latched onto an intelligent chipped pass from Darren Fletcher. The Mexican then skilfully lobbed the bouncing ball over the out stretched arms of the keeper.
After his goal against the MLS All-Stars, Chicharito said: “I’m very happy, I enjoyed it. It was a nice goal. I was waiting and working for this day through the holidays. I’m living a dream, I feel good and I’m going to work hard.”
Hernandez looks to be relishing the opportunity he has at Old Trafford. And so far, he hasn’t disappointed on the big stage.
At this year’s World Cup, Hernandez was statistically the fastest Premier League player in South Africa, running at “19.96mph” top speed.
It’s unclear as to how much Ferguson plans to use his new signing this season, but one thing is certain, that Hernandez’s pace will prove to be a nightmare for Premier League defenders.