EPL Defenders Be Fearful, Manchester United's 'Chicharito' Is Here

Zaakir HoosenAnalyst IJuly 29, 2010

HOUSTON - JULY 28:  Javier Hernandez #14 of Manchester United celebrates scoring his first goal with the club during the MLS All Star Game at Reliant Stadium on July 28, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The first Mexican to wear the red and white colours of Manchester United and only 22, Javier Hernandez joins one of the great clubs of European football with so much expectation and promise.

For many who don't follow Mexican domestic football like myself, the first time we heard his name was when United revealed him as their latest signing.

Then came the World Cup, where he performed quite honourably when called upon, and now he joins his new boss and teammates in the US.

Hernandez has already got the eye of many, he has brought some ease and satisfaction to the hearts of many faithful fans who gear up for another long season in the Premiership.

While local rivals Manchester City splash millions on quality players, United, who are financially burdened, reveal the depth in their squad by unearthing some of the most promising youngsters.

Hernandez, who made the move for only £ 6 Million, which could be defined as change in today's world of multi-million pound transfers. A lucky catch many might say, as Ferguson and his men secured the deal prior to the World Cup.

United faced the MLS All-Stars in a capacity crowd stadium, and won the match with a convincing score line of 5-2 on the night. The fifth goal coming from the foot of Hernandez on debut.

After watching a couple videos of him while at Guadalajara, one thing is clear, he is deadly in front of goal, he has the speed to frustrate and scare defenders, he's intelligent, and somehow knows exactly when to pull the trigger.

He's scored 26 goals in just over 60 appearances for Guadalajara, but more impressive is his international record. With just 16 caps to his name he has already scored nine goals with two of them coming at the World Cup, one against France and the other against Argentina in front of a capacity crowd at Soccer City.

Hernandez seems to have a presence about himself, the belief that he can, and applying that together with his pace, he will trouble defenders in the league.

For some time now, United have fell short in terms of the "X-Factor." Since the departure of Ronaldo, there hasn't been a player who could represent more than just the usual on the field.

Personally I feel Hernandez has that in him.

Yes, whilst it's true that we haven't watched enough of him to judge his abilities, from the little I've seen both internationally and with domestic club Guadalajara, he looks highly promising, and having turned 22 in June, has a long and bright future ahead.


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