Mar 6, 2014, 7:37 AM EDT
Following Mexico’s 0-0 friendly draw against Nigeria in Atlanta on Wednesday, El Tri striker Javier Hernandez cut a frustrated figure as he left the field at half time with a knee injury.
Struggling for game time with Manchester United this season, “Chicharito” has started just 10 of United’s 41 games this campaign, injuries like this are going to happen as the Mexican international is used sparingly but the Premier League outfit.
Asked about his lack of minutes with the Red Devils and the chance to play for Mexico, this is what he had to say to reporters after the game.
“I’m very eager to play as my club don’t take me much into account. I hope I have the opportunity to play [for Mexico],” Hernandez said. “When you are called up, you have to be thankful and if not called up, you have to keep working. I’m very happy and thankful with this call-up, like I was when I was called up for the first time.”
With the first part of that comment, Hernandez’s frustration seems to be seeping through as he spends more time on the bench for Man United.
In previous United team’s, he was perhaps happier to be the back up and provide goals off the bench when needed. But he also started plenty of games in previous seasons under Sir Alex Ferguson. Last season he scored 18 goals in 36 games, but with United struggling this campaign and new players such as Juan Mata arriving and the emergence of Adnan Januzaj, Hernandez continues to find himself further in the periphery.
Tottenham, Inter Milan and Juventus are sniffing around Chicharito and at the age of 25, he needs to be playing regularly to try and fulfill his huge potential. A transfer deal worth $23 million could see him leave Old Trafford, which would be good for the player, Mexico and whoever buys him.
One of the Premier League’s most lethal finishers needs to be playing, Hernandez needs a move.
Oct 31, 2014, 12:13 AM EDT
After FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls defeated their opponents in the first two games of the MLS playoffs, the postseason picture exists in its beginning stages.
Oct 30, 2014, 11:37 PM EDT
Robbie Keane stands ready to play for his international side right after the LA Galaxy’s playoff contests vs. Real Salt Lake.
Oct 30, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT
Final: New York Red Bulls 2, Sporting KC 1
Oct 30, 2014, 9:38 PM EDT
Men in Blazers preview Round 10, most notably the Manchester derby.
Oct 30, 2014, 8:36 PM EDT
Fernando Torres, expanding on his decision to leave Chelsea on loan, says he wanted to “feel important.”
Oct 30, 2014, 7:21 PM EDT
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is happy for the recent triumphs of criticized Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
Oct 30, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney will be available in the upcoming Manchester derby following his three-match suspension.
Oct 30, 2014, 5:56 PM EDT
Action taken against alleged racist actions in the Scottish Premiership.
Oct 30, 2014, 4:44 PM EDT
Sturridge on injury woes: “Maybe it’s my body type, maybe it’s hereditary.”
Oct 30, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT
A young Messi was eyed by Juventus in 2005, says Russia manager Frank Capello.
Oct 30, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT
How has the soccer world (via Twitter) responded to the news? With a mixture of interest and humor.
Oct 30, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT
In what will be called “Los Angeles Football Club” as it goes through its branding, MLS has announced that L.A. has officially been awarded another team.
Oct 30, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT
So who do you have tonight: the Red Bulls or the champs?
Oct 30, 2014, 1:35 PM EDT
Mike Prindiville and Joe Prince-Wright join Jenna Corrado to discuss the Manchester Derby between Manchester United and Manchester City.
Oct 30, 2014, 12:38 PM EDT
Like Steve McQueen in “Papillon,” only nattily-attired, the Newcastle United manager just seems to be constantly yelling out, “Hey… I’m still here.”
Oct 30, 2014, 12:09 PM EDT
He’s being linked with Swansea City, though club chairman Huw Jenkins said while the club is entertaining investors, any specific names would be “pure speculation.”
Oct 30, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT
The proposed moves would leave only 10 days prep time before the World Cup began, and would also alter the UEFA Champions League schedule.
Oct 30, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT
What do you think? Mean-spirited to the public or just a decent Candid Camera-style prank?
Oct 30, 2014, 9:51 AM EDT
“I’ve got 30 and 34-year-olds in my locker room in tears because we feel it’s been unfairly taken away from us,” said coach Carl Robinson.
Oct 30, 2014, 9:02 AM EDT
And it’s claimed that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will sign a veteran back from Juventus, bucking his trends of signing attackers and youth.
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