Javier Hernandez Must Leave Manchester United in January to Save World Cup Dream

Karla Villegas GamaFeatured ColumnistDecember 22, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  Javier Hernandez of Manchester United during the Barlcays Premier league match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 7, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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If Javier Hernandez wants to play with Mexico in the 2014 World Cup he needs to make some changes soon.

According to Goal.com, his agent Eduardo Hernandez (not related) met with the club's staff earlier this month to discuss Chicharito's future.

They confirmed that there has been interest from some European clubs, but that they aren't planning to let him go.

According to Joe Bernstein of the Daily Mail, after United's 3-1 victory over West Ham, David Moyes acknowledged that he is pleased with United's attack and that the is not looking to bring another striker in January. 

I would not say we are in desperate need of an out-and-out centre-forward. We have got Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Chicharito (Hernandez), Danny Welbeck. Shinji can play in behind as well, we are covered.

But Hernandez is running out of time. He needs to play regularly if he wants to be considered by Miguel Herrera.

The Mexican coach told Spanish TV program La Ultima Palabra (Fox Sports) that he wouldn't call anyone who isn't a regular in the lineup or who is not at his best, regardless of where he plays.

Competition is already fierce in El Tri, and as the World Cup approaches it will get tougher.

Oribe Peralta proved that he is in better shape than any other Mexican forward who plays in the Liga MX.

In the 2013 Apertura tournament, he was the best Mexican scorer with 11 goals to his count, nine in the regular season and two more in the playoffs.

He was also El Tri's savior during the World Cup qualifier. El Cepillo became the first Mexican to score at the Estadio Azteca and he was El Tri's top scorer with 10 goals in the tournament.

Peralta, who is lethal with headers and long-distance shots, was recently named CONCACAF Player of the Year.

He is not the only talented forward in the roster. Raul Jimenez, a youngster who has been showcasing his talent since he was capped for the U-23 squad, has appeared 20 times with the senior team and has scored four times.

His technique was evident in the match against Panama. The Club America player had been on the pitch for five minutes when he scored the winner with a superb bicycle kick.

Jimenez was awarded with the CONCACAF Goal of the Year for his brilliant play.

There is also the man who has not played with El Tri since he was suspended in 2010 for partying after the team defeated Colombia 1-0 in Monterrey.

Carlos Vela is the best Mexican forward in the world right now. With 12 goals and six assists to his count, he has been Real Sociedad's most valuable asset this season.

He has come a long way since Arsenal bought him in 2005. A couple of loans to La Liga clubs Salamanca and Osasuna, plus another one to Premier League rivals West Brom hurt his goal-scoring knack.

Vela scored 24 goals over six seasons. He surpassed that number with Real Sociedad in his first two years with the Spanish club that acquired him in 2012.

He is a complete player who creates goal opportunities, keeps the ball and dribbles with ease, unlike Chicharito, who hardly ever constructs a play.

Yes, Hernandez is the man who scores with almost any part of his body, but he is also dependant upon his teammates.

If you add to the mix his lack of play you'll get a recipe for disaster.

Hernandez is rusty. During the 2013 Hexagonal he missed a penalty kick against Panama, and four days later he failed to convert the clearest goal opportunity he had had in months in front of Costa Rica.

When the incidents listed above happened, Hernandez had only played 167 minutes out of 720 possible with Manchester United.

Chicharito is going through the longest scoring drought he has had with Mexico since he was first capped in 2009.

He must leave United for a club where he plays regularly. Only then he'll go back to his old self, which will guarantee him a spot in El Tri's starting lineup in Brazil 2014.

Spanish sources cited in this article translated by the author unless otherwise noted.