UEFA Champions League Final 2011: Javier Hernandez Fails to Impress vs. Barca
UEFA Champions League Final 2011 Sees Rising Star Javier Hernandez Make Little Impact vs. Barca
When Manchester United picked up Javier Hernandez from Guadalajara 13 months ago, he was largely seen as a backup to Dimitri Berbatov.
But the 22-year-old quickly surpassed Berbatov as the starter in the 2010-2011 season, proving to be a force for Man United down the stretch with 20 goals.
He was seen as their next rising star and was garnering considerable buzz headed into Saturday's Champions League final against Barcelona.
But come gametime, Hernandez was nowhere to be seen but for one chance on a bouncing ball that Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes gobbled up.
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SI.com graded Hernandez's performance as a 4.5 out of 10, compared to veteran Wayne Rooney, who scored an 8 out of 10.
There's no question that Hernandez is set to succeed Berbatov next season for good, however, and it was his play this season that made Manchester United a threat to topple vaunted Barcelona.
He's still a young player, with plenty to learn, but judging by how quickly he evolved this year, learning the game doesn't appear to be much of a problem.
Rooney's guidance should help, a player known for being a crucial role player on championship squads.
When all was said and done, it appeared the only thing Hernandez really needed was experience.
There's still time for that.
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