The Telegraph report that Sir Alex Ferguson is expecting a battle to hold on to his Mexican forward Javier Hernandez. Several of Europe’s big clubs are interested in the player with Real Madrid planning a bid to try and tempt United to sell this summer.
Despite having an impressive goalscoring record since arriving in England, Hernandez has more often than not found himself on the bench. He is arguably only the fourth choice striker at Old Traffod behind Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck.
How long will he stay on the bench?
Ferguson had a similar situation in 1999, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was normally the man left out behind preferred strikers Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham. Solskjaer was happy to bide his time and wait for his opportunities at Old Trafford and stayed there for over ten years.
He of course famously scored the winner in dramatic style in the 1999 Champions League final after coming on as a second half substitute.
Whether or not Hernandez is willing to spend his career as a supersub in the same way is doubtful. The player will be tempted by a possible move to Real Madrid with the opportunity for more regular first team football.
Sir Alex is adament that he won’t sell Hernandez in the summer and paid tribute to the professionalism he has shown during his time in Manchester:
“I’ve said to him it’s not easy to keep leaving him out because a 16-goal tally in the number of games he’s started is a brilliant record,” Ferguson said. “And he’ll always have that because he’s fantastic in the box.
“But it’s difficult when you’re up against a player of Robin van Persie’s form, then you’ve got Welbeck, Rooney, (Shinji) Kagawa – that’s the benefit of having a strong squad.”