Manchester United ensured that they preserved their impressive momentum heading into the two all-important trips to Stamford Bridge by beating Tony Pulis’ Stoke City side 4-2.
Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck all had their names printed on the score-sheet and the trip are quickly transforming into one of the daunting attacking line-ups in Europe.
However, there is one figure at the Theatre of Dreams who has seen his playing time substantially reduced due to the exploits of United’s new-form front three.
Javier Hernandez, a £6million signing from C.D. Guadalajara two summers ago, has been able to muster out only seven appearances so far this season and has been lately an unanimous figure on the United’s bench.
Thus, here are three reasons why the Red Devils should ship off the Mexico international during the winter transfer window.
1. United Don’t Need Him
Manchester United currently have the most in-form strike-force in England, viz, the combination of Welbeck, Rooney and van Persie.
Add Shinji Kagwa to the mix, a player who is best utilized a centre-forward role, the Red Devils have sufficient attacking prowess to compete for top honours.
Moreover, one can also not forget the budding talent in the form of Angelo Henriquez, who is likely to see some first-team playing time in the second half of the campaign.
Therefore, the need to keep Hernandez seems futile. The player might have killer-instincts in front of the goal, but his purpose at Old Trafford is questionable.
2. Value for Money
Manchester United apparently bough Hernandez for £6million.
Even though he’s endured a torrid past 12 months or so, it is likely that due to his phenomenal debut season, the Red Devils will be able to sell Chicharito for at-least £10million, surely not a bad value for a player who is surplus to the requirements.
Sir Alex Ferguson can use this amount to reinforce United’s midfield by bringing in a player like Kevin Strootman to the club.
However, if Fergie decided not to sell Hernandez during January, the player’s market value could severely decrease, as it is overwhelmingly likely that the Mexican’s playing time is going to further reduced in the later part of the campaign.
3. Good For the Player
Hernandez is a 24-year-old player who is soon entering the prime of his career. One of the most fundamental requirements for a player of his age is to play week-in-week-out so as to fulfil his true potential.
At United, this is clearly not possible and the Red Devils could perhaps stagnant the career of a blossoming poacher.