Javier Hernandez has left Manchester United for Real Madrid and The Red Devils have lost a gem.
From day one at Manchester United the Mexican international won a lot of fans with his incredible finishing ability and his mesmerising movement off of the ball to create space for his more senior team-mates with far greater experience. It didn’t work out for Hernandez at Old Trafford and it was a massive waste of clear talent by Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes.
Overall for Manchester United the 26-year-old made 102 Premier League appearances, however over half of those outings were made from the bench (51.9%). It all looked to be a real attempt at forcing a Javier into a super-sub mould, like one-time Red Devil Ole Gunner Solskjaer.
Now at Real Madrid you would expect for ‘Chicharito’ to only get chances off of the bench as he is competing with a consistently brilliant front three of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, the stats suggest that Sir Alex made a big mistake with his use of Hernandez.
In his first Premier League campaign he scored 13 goals in just 15 starts and 13 substitute appearances. In his second and third seasons with United he scored 10 in each – so therefore not failing to hit double figures despite sporadic appearances.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed him in the 2010/11 season and during the Premier League campaign he outscored Wayne Rooney 13-11.
During his second season with the club he had to compete directly with Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, and academy graduate Danny Welbeck for a starting place. It was expected that he wouldn’t be chosen ahead of talisman Rooney or £30m signing Berbatov, but many would have put him ahead of Welbeck who was making his first appearances for United. The now Arsenal striker made more appearances than Hernandez throughout the Premier League season and yet was outscored by the Mexican 10-9. Of course Sir Alex wanted to build for the future with Welbeck but he was clearly wasting Hernandez on the bench.
In his third season, which was to be Sir Alex’s last, new signing Robin van Persie was the clear top goalscorer as he carried The Red Devils to their most recent title. Rooney was still in full use as he made 22 Premier League starts and scored a credible 12 goals. Hernandez started only 9 league matches and still managed to chalk up 10 goals whereas Welbeck was again above the Mexican who started 13 league matches, scoring just one goal – make your own mind up there.
From title winners to a season of misery as David Moyes took charge and he again picked Welbeck over Hernandez but did follow in SAF’s footsteps of making ‘Chicharito’ United’s most used substitute with 18 appearances off of the bench. Javier was now well and truly cemented as fourth choice with RVP, Rooney and Welbeck all making more starts and scoring more goals than the Mexican.
And so onto this season where we now expect ‘Chicharito’ to get just a small amount of minutes each week. His Real Madrid career is in the very early stages but he has so far played 52 minutes of La Liga football and has already netted twice in that period. With Ronaldo and Bale preferring the wider positions, Javier is now only behind Benzema and if the Frenchman was to pick up an injury, Hernanadez would surely be given the first team chances he deserves.
Sir Alex Ferguson wasted Hernandez’s ability and the Mexican was one of a few mistakes that the retired Scotsman made.
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