With Louis van Gaal taking charge, a fresh revamp was inevitable, but nobody quite expected the massive shift in paradigm that the Dutchman has heralded upon the Red Devils since beginning his duties. The shift in formation was an indication that Van Gaal intends to maximize the talent pool that exists within his squad, though it certainly does not look too well for Javier Hernandez.
After a blistering start to his Manchester United career in 2010, there was an air of optimism of the sort of role he could adopt within the team. The Rooney-Chicharito combination, en route to the 2011 Champions League final, was stupendous to say the least. However, it has been on a downward spiral since then.
When David Moyes took charge last summer, there were already significant calls for Hernandez to leave since many rendered him unsuitable for Moyes’ style of play. Chicha, however, remained defiant and decided to stay. But with Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney ahead of him in the pecking order, it always looked gloomy for the Mexican.
That subsequently resulted in a loss of form, which convinced Miguel Herrera to reduce his role in the national team. If anything, that should be the turning point for Chicharito. At 26 years old, he is certainly moving towards the peak of his career, and there is a limited number of playing years ahead of him.
It’s pretty evident that Van Gaal’s style demands a far more effective team player, which perhaps even puts Danny Welbeck ahead of Hernandez. Welbeck’s ability to drop and effectively track opposition players is certainly a trait that’s hugely appreciated by the Dutchman, and thus it’s hard to see how Hernandez will be getting solid game time this season.
There have been rumors that Southampton and West Ham United have showed interest in snapping him up, but it appears that he rejected them, and rightly so as well. Chicha is more than capable of performing for teams that compete in Europe, and should in fact be aiming to join teams of that stature. Juventus are reportedly keen, and Atletico Madrid have signaled their interest as well.
Either way, Chicharito needs to be clear about his intentions with the United board. A departure has to be seriously considered if he is to fulfill the sort of potential that even attracted interest from Real Madrid at one point.