Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Selling Javier Hernandez Would Be a Mistake

Michael DulkaContributor IAugust 17, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 18: Javier Hernandez during the MTN Football Invitational match between Amazulu and Manchester United from Moses Mabhida Stadium on July 18, 2012 in Durban, South Africa  (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Robin van Persie has finalized his transfer to Manchester United. After signing the Dutchman, the Red Devils currently have RVP, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez up front. According to the Daily Mirror, Hernandez could be the odd man out with a move to Arsenal. The Guardian's Ian McCourt discusses a potential move to Juventus.

Manchester United would be making a big mistake by selling Hernandez to either Arsenal or Juventus

Hernandez made a spectacular debut during the 2010-11 season with 20 goals in all competitions, making 45 appearances. He followed up his first season with 12 goals in all competitions in the 2011-2012 season last year, but made nine fewer appearances for 36 on the year. 

There is no denying that Hernandez has a bright future ahead of him. He plays extremely well with both feet and scores goals at ease. The 24-year-old is still raw and needs more playing time to really become the best striker he can be.

By selling Hernandez now, Manchester United is preventing that bright future from taking place in Manchester. Sir Alex Ferguson is risking the future by selling Hernandez and going with Rooney, van Persie, Welbeck and Berbatov up top.

The 29-year-old van Persie and the 31-year-old Berbatov are looking at a window of playing a few more seasons at the top level. At age 26, Rooney has a while left playing in his prime. The 21-year-old Welbeck would be the only young striker they have on the team.

Van Persie has built up quite the injury record during his career at Arsenal, which could mean the Red Devils will need to rely on their backup strikers more heavily. In keeping van Persie fresh, Hernandez would still see the field as an impact sub, something he has excelled at during his time in Manchester.

Instead of selling Hernandez, United should look to move on from Berbatov. The Bulgarian was largely unimpressive last season and hasn't lived up to expectations. At 31 years old, Berbatov doesn't really fit into the future picture at United anymore. A transfer fee might be relatively low for Berbatov, but there are teams that could use his services 

Manchester United are competing on three fronts this season, meaning a heavy fixture list. Hernandez won't see as much time as previous seasons, but it's just not worth selling him at this point. He still has a place in the team this year and definitely in the future of Manchester United.