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Javier Hernandez: Why David Moyes Should Keep Chicharito at Manchester United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22:  A dejected Javier Hernandez of manchhester United reacts after a missed chance on goal during the Capital One Cup semi final, second leg match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford on January 22, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2014

David Moyes should take heed of Javier Hernandez's recent comments and work hard to get the striker on-side lest he angle for a move in the summer.

While on international duty with Mexico, as reported on Sky Sports, "Chicharito" revealed the frustration he has felt being on the sidelines for Manchester United:

I am very eager to play as my club don't take me much into account.

I hope I have the opportunity to play.When you are called up, you have to be thankful and if not called up, you have to keep working. I am very happy and thankful with this call-up, like I was when I was called up for the first time.

The 25-year-old forward has started just one of United's last 10 games, being left as an unused substitute for the last three.

A fan favourite and a very effective poacher, Hernandez arrived at Old Trafford four years ago for £7 million and made an instant impact, scoring 13 Premier League goals in 15 appearances in his first season.

But Moyes has used him incredibly sparsely this season, starting the Mexican just four times in the league, not enough for such a hugely talented player.

If the 25-year-old is as disenchanted as he sounds, Moyes must try his best to turn that around as he is a very valuable player for the Red Devils. 

A feature of his first season at Old Trafford, and a reason he became a hit very quickly with the fans, was his knack of coming on and scoring late goals.

Always a feature of the great Manchester United sides, their penchant for late scoring seems to have deserted them this season, and an in-form Hernandez may go some way to getting that back.

PIRAEUS, GREECE - FEBRUARY 25:  Manchester United manager David Moyes looks on before the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Olympiacos FC and Manchester United at Karaiskakis Stadium on February 25, 2014 in Piraeus, Greece.  (Photo
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The fact that he hangs on the last defender and has such terrific movement makes Chicharito a nightmare for tiring defenders at the end of games.

Hernandez has seemed unhappy for some time, and the fact that Moyes has not dealt quickly and directly with the problem suggests he may be happy to let him go in the summer. He should not do so.

After United's 2-2 home draw with Fulham early in February, he posted a cryptic message which suggested his dissatisfaction:

This is not the kind of atmosphere Moyes will want in his dressing room, and in Hernandez's case, the solution should be to play him, for tactical reasons as well as reasons of morale, not to let him loose.  

With the likes of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney in the United team, no one would be expecting the former Everton boss to start Hernandez every week. 

But he is too good a player to sit on the bench. Chicharito has reached double figures in goals in the last three Premier League campaigns.

He's an invaluable contribution—and one worth keeping. 

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