Any Manchester United supporter that has caught any of Javier Hernandez’s appearances for Real Madrid so far this season would be forgiven for believing they were watching a different player to the one who left in the summer.
Despite a highly impressive opening season at Old Trafford, Hernandez’s influence started to decrease from the moment Robin van Persie arrived and it appears a lack of games affected the popular Mexican’s performances when he did play.
‘Chicharito’ become a highly popular figure at Old Trafford and had a knack of scoring in big games for the club, particularly against rivals Chelsea. Hernandez was known as a poacher at United and was rarely seen on the ball outside the box.
But this week Hernandez pulled off a delicious bit of skill in the Copa del Rey to set up fellow new signing James Rodriguez, something that was a rare site during his time with United.
The reincarnation of the striker began the moment he stepped on to the pitch in his new colours against Deportivo La Coruna a few months ago. Hernandez didn’t score a competitive goal at Old Trafford from outside the area but just minutes of his debut had passed before the the 26-year old lashed home a left foot volley into the top corner from distance.
The Mexican followed that up with another shot from outside the box which looped into the same corner in a crazy game which eventually ended 8-2. Hernandez has said this week he needs assurances over his place at Old Trafford if he is to return and he’ll have every chance of those assurances if he keeps up his good form.