Javier Hernandez, more commonly known as Chicharito to his followers, has taken Manchester United by storm in the past few weeks. Per usual for Manchester United this league term, the Red Devils fell behind early against Aston Villa this weekend 2-0, however the typical makeup of United this season would provide a real thriller.
With Manchester United’s win the Red Devils stretch their Premier League lead to four points over Manchester City. As Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa came into the United side this season and with Danny Welbeck’s increasing presence in the squad, Hernandez found himself out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s starting XI and many were wondering when he was on his way out.
All of that looks to change now that Chicharito has salvaged three points once again with his two goal performance against Aston Villa today in United 3-2 victory. Hernandez was again not in the starting fold, however Ferguson injected the Mexican International into the match at the beginning of the second half. Hernandez’s effort was immediately noticed as he raced down the field to get interchanges with Wayne Rooney. But, this weekend was not the first day Hernandez has saved the Red Devils, as he also did in the Champions League against Braga with his late goals to also lead United to the 3-2 victory.
Securing a regular place in the starting eleven for Manchester United is hard for just about anyone, even Wayne Rooney struggles to find his place at times. Just look at Nani for instance: he was thought by many to be Cristiano Ronaldo’s replacement. However, he has not turned out to be what the fans and the manager have predicted.
Anderson struggles to find his place in the squad as do many other players, yet Sir Alex Ferguson has a knack for putting in players to make an impact. Hernandez struggled all of last season alongside Dimitar Berbatov (who has now found home at Fulham) and his struggles continued this season. Javier Hernandez has become a much more versatile player during his time with United and may very well assume the role of “super-sub.”
With Chicharito’s brilliance as of late, Sir Alex Ferguson has one of the best problems to have as a manager: Which striker to play? Rooney and van Persie have proved to be one of the most dynamic duos in the world as of late; however, with Welbeck, Kagawa and now Hernandez the United squad should have no problem with their goal differential come seasons end.