After scoring a brace for his native Mexico last week, Javier Hernandez wasn’t even named amongst the United substitutes for the game against Sunderland yesterday, which probably means he’ll get a spot in the starting XI for the cup replay against Chelsea. Chicharito has scored 6 in his last 7 against Monday’s opposition.
The Little Pea has notched up 16 goals in 28 appearances for his club this season, but often finds himself sitting on the bench for the bigger matches. With speculation regarding his United future slowly picking up speed recently, Sir Alex has quashed all the rumours linking the Mexican with a move away from Old Trafford.
“I’ve said to him it’s not easy to keep leaving him out because a 16-goal tally in the number of games he’s started is a brilliant record, and he’ll always have that because he’s fantastic in the box.” Said Sir Alex. “But it’s difficult when you’re up against a player of Robin van Persie’s form, then you’ve got [Danny] Welbeck, [Wayne] Rooney, [Shinji] Kagawa – that’s the benefit of having a strong squad. It’s given us an advantage. We are working with 26 first-team players – probably the biggest in the league.
Sir Alex then went on to deny any rumours linking the striker with a move elsewhere: “He’s on a long contract for starters and we won’t be entertaining any interest. He’s a really important player for us. You see that all the time. He does something every game, he changes it. He does something different to the other strikers.”
The 24-year old will almost certainly start the game on Monday alongside Wayne Rooney, further showing the strength in depth our squad possesses at the present time, and with his great scoring record against Chelsea, you’d be foolish to back against him finding the net again.