As if Manchester United didn’t have enough troubles this season, now they will have to sideline one of their most prolific strikers. With Robin van Persie out for a month with a severe thigh injury, The Red Devils will need to get creative up front as the Dutch international was often very dangerous even if he wasn’t able to score.
One player that will definitely have to step his game up is Mexican striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, who has been rarely used as a starter this season but whose poaching abilities could be quite useful in closed games.
The Mexican has been used to come off the bench since his arrival to United a few years ago, and while he has been quite effective in that role, he also has been quite vocal about not being able to start consistently. With the emergence of Danny Welbeck and the arrival of van Persie last season, Chicharito had little chances to be a regular in the lineup. But now that the Dutchman will be sidelined, he should have plenty more chances to feature consistently.
The schedule (the Premier League features games near Christmas and New Year) and the disappointing form of players like Shinji Kagawa and Ashley Young should give Hernandez chances to appear often at this stage of the year. His presence would mean that Wayne Rooney is probably going to be used in a more creative role where he has already thrived in recent years, so that could benefit the team as well.
Manchester United need all the help they can get to turn things around. And if Chicharito can give the team a scoring punch in these games, maybe the team can start putting things together before it’s too late.