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From Manchester United's Bench to Real Madrid

Updated on September 7, 2014

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez made transfer deadline-day headlines when he signed a season-long loan deal for the richest club on the planet. His move to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is arguably the biggest shock of, not just the transfer deadline day but, the entire summer transfer window. Contained in the loan agreement that brought him to Real Madrid from Manchester United is an option of a purchase of the player at the end of the season.

Matches played*
*Matches played in all competition plus club friendlies

Goals for Man United

Hernandez's profile at Manchester United is quite an impressive one. He played 102 Premier League matches in his time at the club. 49 of these he started while he came in as a substitute in 59. He, however, enjoyed more game time in English Cup ties, starting in 19 of the 24 he played in. Owing to this fact, his goal-per-match ratio in Cup competitions is more impressive than his league’s, as his tally from cup ties is 1 goal in almost every 2 games.

Hernandez has scored at least 1 goal in 3 games in his time at Old Trafford. In his first season (2010/11) in Manchester, he managed 20 goals in all competitions: 4 better than Wayne Rooney and just 2 behind United's top scorer for the season, Dimitar Berbatov.

In total, the forward starred for the Red Devils 154 times and found the back of the net on 59 occasions.


In the 4 seasons that Chicharito spent in Manchester United, he made a reputation for himself as a "super sub" coming off the bench to score important goals in crucial matches.This made his first manager at United, Sir Alex Ferguson, remark that his style of play is reminiscent of a former United striker known famously as the "baby-faced assassin," Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

However, Hernandez's playing time at United were often restricted to being deployed as a sub and making cameo appearances since he was forced to play second fiddle to the more established names like Dimitar Berbatov, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

Javier Hernandez's attacking style has often been described as being "poacher-esque" owing to the majority of his strikes coming from inside the penalty box. Alex Ferguson once described Chicharito as being "two-footed, very quick, in possession of a good spring," adding that scoring goals came very naturally to the Mexican.

Real Madrid


When it comes to transfers, over the last decade, Real Madrid have broken and "rebroken" all manner of transfer records in their bid to get the best of the best into their fold. The Madrid outfit pride themselves as being referred to as the "Galacticos" for their ability to parade one or more of the world best footballers in their team every year. I bet that was the reason why their decision to acquire a "bench-warmer" came as a surprise to many.

Real Madrid are coming into the new season on the back of a good campaign that saw them grab the long-awaited 10th Champions League trophy and beat their arch-rivals, Barcelona, in the Copa Del Rey finals. But departures of key players like Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso this summer, and the loss to Real Sociedad (4:2) in their last league game after having led 2:0 have led to questions being asked, especially of the players.

Can Chicharito break into Real Madrid's starting 11?

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Frankly, it is hard to see Chicharito breaking into Read Madrid's first 11 anytime soon given their potency upfront at it is, with the likes of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kareem Benzima. But be that as it may, this "little pea" (English for Chicharito) might just be the super sub Madrid require to get something from lackluster performances, like the game in Sociedad, this season.

Following his signing, Chicharito was quick to assert on Twitter that he has always supported the Madrid outfit. But then again, who wouldn't after making what is considered the move of a lifetime? And let's face it: if one must sit on the bench of a team, why not as well sit on that of the world's richest club instead of that of a team struggling to get back from grass to grace?


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