Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has not had the first season he envisioned under first-year Manchester United boss David Moyes, and he knows that his club form is being carefully observed by Mexico manager Miguel Herrera ahead of this summer’s World Cup.
So it was good for Chicharito to slide a goal past Newcastle’s Rob Elliot in last weekend’s romp over the lifeless Magpies, and he’s hoping his performance gave Moyes a difficult choice when selecting the roster for Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinal deciding match against Bayern Munich.
From an interview with Manchester United TV:
“It’s been a very hard season for me, but I’m trying to be very patient, and to work to try to speak on the pitch,” he told MUTV after the game on Saturday. “I have nine goals at the moment, so I’ll keep working, be patient and speak on the pitch like I always do.”
Those nine goals are across all competitions, and aren’t bad considering his playing time. Chicharito’s 691 PL minutes are 262 less than he saw in 2012/13 (when he still managed 10 goals). But his four goals in the Premier League make it hard to envision the striker can make it four straight years with double-digit goals in England’s top flight.
But form is so important right now, and these precious minutes over the season’s last month can go a long way as his national team manager evaluates a strike force that includes Hernandez, Oribe Peralta, Giovani dos Santos and Alan Pulido amongst others.
“I’m happy, I played for 90 minutes and it’s a long time since I started a game. The World Cup is coming so I need time to prove, whether they give me one minute or 90, that I’m ready and that I want to contribute to the team to help us have a better season.”
Do you expect Hernandez to be a mainstay on the pitch for Mexico in Brazil this summer, or will his club experience hinder him in pursuit of playing time?
Seemingly everything he touches turns to
Marcus Rashford scored twice in the first 17 minutes of Wednesday’s League Cup third round match versus Burton Albion at Old Trafford, and the second was a beaut.
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It was a classy little chipped finish that made it 1-0, but Rashford unleashed from outside the 18 to beat a flying goalkeeper and put a jewel on the scoreboard.
Well, not really a jewel, but picture that “2” as real shiny.
Rashford now has five goals in eight matches for Manchester United this season, and 22 in 78 for his career. He turns 20 next month, which is nice.
Wayne Rooney‘s move back to Everton was always going to benefit the Merseyside community, though it wasn’t supposed to be like this.
Everton has fined Rooney two weeks’ wages following his admission earlier this week to a drunk driving charge.
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According to the BBC, “Everton intend to give the entire sum – thought to be about £300,000 – to local projects through their Everton in the Community scheme.”
At a Monday court date, Rooney learned that he would not be allowed to drive for two years. He was also fined and assigned 100 hours of community service.
Rooney has two goals and an assist in nine appearances, all starts, for the struggling Toffees. He is not in the 18 for Everton’s third round League Cup tie versus Sunderland on Wednesday.
Five more League Cup third round games take place on Wednesday with Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton all hosting lower-league opponents.
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Holders Man United welcome Burton Albion to Old Trafford, while Arsenal host Doncaster Rovers, Chelsea welcome Nottingham Forest to Stamford Bridge, Everton clash with recently relegated Sunderland and Manchester City head to West Brom.
On Tuesday five Premier League teams were knocked out of the competition as Liverpool lost at Leicester City, Stoke were upset at Bristol City, Burnley lost to Leeds United on penalty kicks, Brighton lost at Bournemouth and Huddersfield were knocked out by Crystal Palace.
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Below is the full schedule for Wednesday’s League Cup games with all games kicking off at 2:45 p.m. ET unless otherwise stated.
Click on the link above for live updates on all five games, while the fourth-round draw takes place after the games have finished.
Wednesday’s League Cup schedule
Arsenal vs. Doncaster Rovers
Chelsea vs. Nottingham Forest
Everton vs. Sunderland
Manchester United vs. Burton Albion – 3 p.m. ET
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City – 3 p.m. ET
Rog and Davo break down Arsenal’s draw at Chelsea, Wazza’s return to Old Trafford, and a robotic performance from Pep’s City side. Plus, a musical number at the end.
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