With the potential arrival of Robin Van Persie, every Manchester United fan is salivating over their new attack which could (if things turn out right) be one of the best in the world. Van Persie joins Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and Dimitar Berbatov in the United strike force. But is it a case of too many peas in the same pod?
Dimitar Berbatov is clearly leaving Manchester United which strikes him out but there are still 3 other strikers guaranteed to fight for the final 2 places in Sir Alex Ferguson’s line-up. With Wayne Rooney being a dead guarantee in the line-up, who will clinch the final spot? Van Persie will definitely be given a run-in and it remains to be seen whether he will link up with Wayne Rooney as well as Welbeck did last season. One name that seems to be missing is that of Javier Hernandez.
Hernandez had a disappointing season last year and despite scoring in some key games (such as the equalising goal in the 3-3 draw against Chelsea) he has been a shadow of himself.
He has been pushed down the pecking order since the emergence of Danny Welbeck who has been able to get a spot because of his greater height and remarkable ability to link up with Rooney. Hernandez as a result played just 36 times last season, a fall from 45 appearances in 2010-11. In those 36 times, he was used mostly as an impact substitute. While he did achieve some success in this role (many United fans are comparing him to another impact sub, Ole Solskjaer) I doubt that he would like to stay in that role for a long time.
Now, with Van Persie’s arrival, Hernandez’ chances of playing are reduced even more and it remains to be seen whether Chicharito will be staying at United any more. While United have seemingly answered their fans and have finally made a “major signing”, have they made it in the right position? In my opinion, positions such as centre midfield and left back are positions that have to plugged in. With Fabio out on loan and Zeki Fryers poached by Tottenham, United have no proper left back to succeed/backup Patrice Evra who had a bad season last year. Central midfield too is a big concern and it was one of the main reasons why United last against City in both their league clashes. Michael Carrick had a good 2011-12 and will be key to United’s battle for the title. However, the others need some answering. Giggs was wasteful and far too inconsistent and United cannot always depend on Paul Scholes to help them in need! Meanwhile, Anderson is mostly injured and Fletcher, despite playing against Aberdeen is still not match-fit for the season. The only name remaining is Tom Cleverley who had a good time out playing for Great Britain and England. While many people say that he “is back”, it is also interesting to note that Cleverley has suffered atleast one major injury in each of his last 4 seasons.
Although there are rumours suggesting that Hernandez will be shifting to Arsenal to allow Van Persie to come in. There is a chance Chicharito will stay, as Ferguson already has managed a striking quartet before in the form of Cole, Yorke, Sheringham and Solskjaer. But we might see him in a new jersey before the transfer window shuts. Who knows?