What does the signing of Hernandez mean for Manchester United?

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By Ben Davies

Manchester United have announced the signing of Javier Hernandez (nicknamed “Chicharito”) from Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara for an undisclosed fee, subject to a medical.

Hand’s up those that have heard of Chicharito? No, me neither, this transfer has come completely out of the blue. As I’ve never seen Hernandez I’m not going to pretend to know his strengths and weaknesses. If you have seen Hernandez please share your opinions?

What should we make of the transfer of Javier Hernandez?

With the arrival of Hernandez, United’s squad consists of seven forwards: Rooney, Berbatov, Owen, Hernandez, Diouf, Welbeck and Macheda.

Most will see this as a chance of ridding Berbatov, not me. We don’t know how long it will take Hernandez to settle and adjust to the English Premier League and the English lifestyle. Without question there is a place in the squad for Berbatov. In the past we’ve normally had more than the two strikers in the squad and in our most successful season had Cole, Yorke, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Sheringham for example. Berbatov offers something different than Rooney and the other strikers in the squad.

Owen’s future is probably the least secure of the strikers in the squad. Owen has struggled to earn a first team spot with Sir Alex Ferguson stating Owen and Rooney are fighting for the same position. There is only one winner in that contest.

Whether Owen remains at United will perhaps be determined by the futures of Welbeck and Macheda. If Sir Alex Ferguson feels either or both are not ready for first team football they could spend a season on loan to another club. I’d be less inclined to allow Macheda a loan spell away as I feel he is nearly ready for first team football. Macheda will not necessarily start games next season but he will have a role to play from the substitute bench. Give Macheda an opportunity and he will score goals.

Diouf, a £4 million signing from Molde last summer has been a sensation in the reserves scoring plenty of goals. Diouf has shown potential – he possesses pace, strength, good in the air and an eye for goal. Diouf perhaps requires fine tuning but he will have no better master than Sir Alex Ferguson. I believe Diouf will be a real success at United.

I think we’ll see five strikers in the squad next season: Rooney, Berbatov Hernandez, Diouf and Macheda. What do you think?

What does the signing mean in terms of transfer policy?

Smalling and Hernandez are two relatively unknown players; the combined transfer fee is apparently £24million. Is this an indication we won’t see big money signings during the summer?

Would you prefer United to purchase readymade players capable of having an immediate impact rather than hoping to develop talented youngsters?

Here is a video of Javier Hernandez. What do you think? I know the video is YouTube and cannot be a real barometer.


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6 Comments

  1. it means we have no money . but you never now could be playing mind ganes again this time the transfer widow. like united might bid for villa and other clubs might back of cos we have singed a strike. looking forward to seeing play in the world ciup for mexcio. i hope this are last sing it will be sum long summer if it is

  2. breaking news in spain man united can not afford to buy david villa united have turn down the chance to sing. they turing to benzenma

  3. nevere heard of him buit cant wait to see him in the world cup . what was the piont in sing diouf. when this guy is better than him so there saying.

  4. Brian I say this again after the first time I saw him… you are right wat is the point in signing players like diouf??? We are Manchester United not Wigan the guy is no where near up to our high standerds Mecheda Petrucci Yes but Diouf or is it Manuchos twin bro! I hope this guy is a little genius we will all tune in to watch mexico.. I think we need to change his nickname though! dont think little pea will cut it in EPL 😉

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