Manchester United will not entertain the idea of selling Javier Hernandez over the upcoming summer transfer window, according to Sir Alex Ferguson.
The veteran manager has told the striker that despite his frustration, he wants him to remain at the likely Premier League champions for the next few seasons and still feels that he can be a valuable asset to the Red Devils attack in the near future.
Ferguson told the Daily Mirror:
Javier is on a long-term contract. We won’t be entertaining any interest.
I speak to the players all the time, especially the ones who don’t play. I have said to Javier that it hasn’t been easy to leave him out because of his 16-goal tally. If you look at the goals he has scored in terms of the games he has played, he has a brilliant record. He will always have that because he is a fantastic penalty-box player.
But it’s difficult when you are up against a player of Robin van Persie’s form. Then we’ve got [Danny] Welbeck, [Wayne] Rooney and [Shinji] Kagawa. That’s the benefit of having a strong squad. It’s given us an advantage.
The veteran manager was also full of praise for the Mexican international and what he has achieved for the Red Devils this season—especially his brilliant eye for goal and deadly finishing.
Hernandez has scored 16 times for United this year, and Ferguson clearly recognizes just how important that has been for the Manchester club:
"I have no issues with the lad. He’s been brilliant, a breath of fresh air since he came here. He’s a really important player for us. He does something in every game. He changes things. He does something different to the other strikers we have."
For United, not getting rid of Hernandez this summer (or seemingly anytime soon) is a great move for them to make this transfer window. And whilst it might not seem like it straight away, it's a move that will definitely ensure long-term success at Old Trafford as a result.
Hernandez could no doubt attract a healthy transfer fee now (estimated at around £20 million, according to Transfermarkt), but United would be foolish to make that move. He matters too much to their club in order do that—plus it would be a poor financial move to make.
We'll start with the club aspect of it because it's very easy to see how important the striker is to United, especially with Rooney being used more as a midfielder.
Hernandez has been prolific coming off the bench (as his scoring suggests) but has also been key in adding depth and good rest for the marquee striker in Van Persie. The Dutchman has single-handedly swung the balance of power back to United from City, but he's only been able to do that by having good rest and not being forced to play in other competitions.
Had Van Persie played in the Champions League group stages or the League Cup more, United may well have not got the same production out of him.
Thus Hernandez is critical on that front.
And let's not throw out injuries either—something that definitely hurt the Red Devils in 2012.
It hasn't affected them in attack at all this season (which has been a huge blessing), but the reality is that injuries will come at some point to their attackers, and they'll need good depth on hand to cover well for those players who are missing.
Hernandez can be one of those players.
Given the depth of talent on hand at United, it's hard not to see Chicharito moving away from Old Trafford at some point in his career. He's just not going to play second fiddle to Van Persie, Rooney and whomever else they sign in the next few years, and nor should he.
However, he is a valuable asset now and already rated at £20 million. United would be insane to try to sell him. He's under contract until 2016, so if the Red Devils did eventually see the need to part ways with Hernandez, they'd surely attract a strong transfer fee for him.
In 2015, should his natural progression continue, they could well be looking at £40 million for a proven, clinical 26-year-old striker with the world still ahead of him rather than £20 million for a striker whose potential is still greater than any of his on-field achievements.
If United are to sell him—and that's still an if—they'd be much better off financially and tactically selling him in two or three years than they are now.
The reality is that right now, Hernandez matters too much to United to part ways with him, and he has too important a role to simply let go. Especially not when they'll be looking to make up for their Champions League heartbreak next season and defend their league title successfully.
Hernandez is a huge weapon for the Red Devils that few other teams have on hand, and he's been incredibly vital to their likely Premier League win.
And for that alone, not selling him is the right move to make.
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