The arrival of Louis Van Gaal will certainly mark the beginning of a new chapter at the historical English club and the Dutch manager is already imposing his ideas for the future of the team. According to the media, Van Gaal is not particularly impressed with the talent of Javier Hernández and his initial intention was to leave the Mexican forward out of Manchester United’s US Tour, although, he has later reconsidered his position for some unknown reason.
The Spanish media mentioned yesterday that Hernández was already looking for a plausible alternative in order to play more first team football this season and not to spend the entire campaign as a bench warmer.
To raise the stakes even higher, ESPN has claimed that Atlético Madrid are really interested in the Mexican versatile forward's services and that they are willing to present an offer to United over the next few days. According to that media station, José Luis Caminero, Atlético Madrid’s Director of Football, is avidly looking for another top quality forward to pair up with the Croatian giant Mario Mandzukic up in the front and they also stated that Chicharito Hernández fulfils Diego Simeone’s demands.
The Colchoneros lost their main sharpshooter (Diego Costa) to Chelsea this season and they also sold Adrián López to FC Porto, thus reducing Diego Simeone’s options for the team’s forward line. The arrival of a new forward to the current Spanish champions is almost mandatory and Javier Hernández might be the perfect man to compose the forward line duo in Simeone’s 4-4-2 usual formation.
The 26-year old Mexican forward didn’t enjoy the best of times last season and, although he was not the only one to underachieve in Manchester United’s team, his future at the Red Devils seems to be somewhat compromised. Last term, Javier Hernández only managed to score nine goals, four at the English Premier League and the remaining five divided by the domestic cups, in thirty-nine appearances. Although it is fair to say that he only came in as a substitute on the majority of those matches, it is also fair to affirm that nine goals for a footballer of his calibre might be considered somewhat insufficient. Some pundits claim that Chicharito is clearly going through a bad moment on his career and to make things worse he has even lost his place at the Mexican National Team’s starting line-up as it became blatantly obvious during the World Cup.
Javier Hernández arrived at Old Trafford in 2010 for an undisclosed fee but after a promising start he began to lose his space in the team and for that reason, this might probably be a good time for him to relaunch his career elsewhere and Atlético Madrid seems to be a very good place to start again.