As the international break continues, individuals are matching records, picking up injuries and making debuts while away on duty for their country. One record-equalling goal came in Mexico’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica.
Javier Hernandez, the former Manchester United hitman, scored his 46th international goal recently and matched Jared Borgetti’s record that has stood since 2008. The Bayer Leverkusen striker chipped the ball over Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas to break the deadlock.
As the Mexican continues to perform at the highest level, The Boot Room looks at why Manchester United were wrong to let him go, along with two others that the Red Devil’s sold too soon.
The 28-year-old joined Bayer Leverkusen two seasons ago for a fee of £7.3 million and has scored 27 goals in 51 league appearances. In comparison to a United striker that the Mexican used to compete against, Wayne Rooney has only scored 10 times in two campaigns.
Hernandez, known as ‘Chicharito’, has scored key goals against Mainz and Augsburg to help his side claim three points, yet he had a tough spell where he didn’t score for three months.
Now in his prime, the Mexican striker is doing what he always has done – scoring – and would be a good impact player for United to have available behind star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, Louis Van Gaal sold the striker for cheap, forcing him to bring youngsters like Marcus Rashford through. That didn’t turn out too badly, to the Dutchman’s credit.
Angel di Maria
A lot was expected of Angel di Maria when he joined Manchester United and, initially, the Argentinian showed the same level of form that he displayed in Real Madrid’s Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid. Di Maria was setting up goals for his teammates and scoring himself.
The most notable goal was the chip against Leicester City. However, after a great start to life at Old Trafford, the 29-year-old fell away and his chance creation dropped. He only found the back of the net three times and, despite creating more opportunities than any of his team-mates, he failed to impress regularly.
The Argentinian also revealed a bust-up with Louis van Gaal. Yet, with Jose Mourinho’s arrival, if di Maria would have stuck around at Old Trafford, he could have had his United career revived, as the pair enjoyed a great time together at Real Madrid.
While he is back at the club now, Paul Pogba was the one that got away from United. If Sir Alex Ferguson was to be questioned about one thing, it would be his decision to let the Frenchman leave. Pogba was craving first-team football and Ferguson couldn’t guarantee him it, so the midfielder walked out the back door for free.
At Juventus, he went on to form a key part of their midfield that reached the Champions League final and won many domestic trophies. Having been re-acquired by Jose Mourinho’s side, for a world-record fee, the Red Devils missed a large part of his development and have paid the price for letting the Frenchman go.
Pogba has started his second spell at United in mixed form and has intense media scrutiny on him. He is performing well in many aspects of his game but the media focus on his attacking output being where the 24-year-old is lacking, with only four goals and three assists in 28 league appearances.
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