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David Moyes hands some soft praise to Javier Hernandez

Nov 5, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has rushed to explain his admiration of Javier Hernandez, following suggestions that the Mexican international could want to leave the club.

“We need Javier Hernandez; he’s very good for us,” Moyes said Tuesday. “He’s scored a lot of goals over the last few years and continues to do so, so we’ll continue to use him.”

Speculation surrounded Hernandez after he re-tweeted comments made by fellow countryman Carlos Vela to Sky Sports saying that Chicharito was worthy of a starting place in David Moyes’ United side and may be forced to seek a move should he not get more first-team football.

Moyes has handed Hernandez four starts this season, only one of which has been in the Premier League (the 1-2 loss to West Brom on September 28th). He’s made eight appearances in total this season, scoring four goals including two-game winners, one in the 3-2 league victory over Stoke City and the other in the 1-0 blanking of Liverpool in the Capital One Cup.

At the ripe age of 25 and with World Cup 2014 on the loom (assuming Mexico qualifies), it’s understandable that Hernandez may be looking for a change of venue where he could be handed consistent starting playing time. Yet a straight forward reading of Moyes’ comments on Hernandez fails to suggest little more than an admiration for the striker. Saying “we’ll continue to use him” simply implies that Chicharito’s role as super-sub will continue.

Barring an injury to Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney, starting big matches seems an unlikely scenario for Hernandez. And the outlook only becomes more bleak when Danny Welbeck returns from the knee injury that kept him out against Fulham.

  1. 76bean - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Cheech did himself no favors with his terrible miss today.

  2. drewvt6 - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Chicharito handed Moyes a “limp response” to his soft complement.

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