Hernandez: The fox in the box




The Mexican who is more widely known as Chicharito has been a consistent performer for the Red Devils. The 24 year old has a great ability to put the ball beyond the goalkeeper with ease. He owns the 6 yard box in the opposition half, and has been an absolute nightmare to the opponents. The Mexican can be typically described as a goal poacher, due to some of his goals being scored from close-range. He is two footed, good in the air despite his height, very quick and a natural goal scorer. Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested that Hernandez might go on to be the next Solskjaer, the so called baby faced assassin a former United star who often scored coming off the bench. The Mexican has similar traits and has a great goal scoring nag. He finds himself amongst the goals whenever his team are in need. The youngster is quite adaptable and doesn’t mind sitting on the bench whenever his gaffer asks him to. He has earned himself a place in the United team which already features attackers like Van Persie, Rooney and Welbeck.

Javier Hernandez: The fox in the box

Javier Hernandez: The fox in the box

The Mexican has acquired the goal poaching DNA from his father who was a Mexican international striker. He started playing at the age of 9 with the local club Gudalajara and signed a professional contract at the age of 15.His career started coming under the limelight when he was at Apertura in 2009 scoring 11 goals in 17 games. The consecutive season he finished as the joint top scorer of the division with 10 goals from 11 games. His efforts didn’t go unnoticed and was rewarded with a chance to play for Manchester United. The club had planned to wait before making a move to sign him, but his involvement with the national team at the World Cup rushed the club into making a bid to avoid competition. He certainly impressed in the world cup and was named the quickest player by FIFA in the 2010 world cup clocking 32.15 km\hr.

The debut season at United was a dream run for Hernandez scoring 20 goals from 45 games. His first competitive game was a community shield game against Chelsea which United won as he managed to net the ball. From then on he was a consistent goal scorer for the red devils. Sir Alex Ferguson preferred him over Berbatov who lacked pace, and the Mexican made the most of his chances. He equaled Nisterooy’s record of scoring 20 goals on debut season and was nominated for the PFA young player of the year at the end of the season. The 2011-12 season wasn’t so impressive but he earned a reputation for himself by coming off the bench and scoring on a regular basis. He also suffered a crucial ankle injury and was forced out of the game for a short period. His return was impressive, Chicharito caught the eye and was branded as the super sub as he often scored coming off the bench.

The forward has certainly rediscovered his magical touch and has already got 11 goals from 21 games. He has caused havoc in the opposition penalty box and has relied more on his instincts, has shown some deft touches and clinical finishing. With the arrival of Van Persie his chances for a regular place in the lineup had been reduced but the Mexican’s performances have earned him a place in the lineup more often than not and with the injury to Rooney he has a more few chances added to his kitty. Initially this season Sir Alex Ferguson used him as the super sub but now he prefers him to play for 90 minutes and the young Mexican has delighted his manager with his performance. He tends to getting into an offside position more often and misses quite a number of chances but his work rate and goal scoring compensates for his errors. Hernandez is a hard worker and chases down every ball, refuses to give up and is not afraid of missing the target that makes him one among the best. Hope he stays with United as there are a few speculations about his career and it seems that the Mexican is unhappy with the game time that he gets. The Scottish wizard knows how to deal with his players and is sure to sort out the issue.

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