Fans of English giants and current Premier League champions, Manchester United, would have been jumping for joy on Thursday morning after hearing that the prolific Javier Hernandez had signed a new five-year contract with the Red Devils. The Mexican international had a sensational debut season in England, netting 20 times for the club after coming into the side as a practically unknown force, with only the 2010 World Cup to go on as reference.
What’s more remarkable about the Chicharito story is that it still hasn’t been clarified just how much the forward cost United. The fee is believed to be around £12m, but it really shows the scouting prowess of United and their well-placed willingness to spend on players who haven’t hit their prime and perhaps even more importantly, aren’t on the radar of just about every club out there.
The news of Hernandez and his new loyalty to the club isn’t just encouraging because it means he’ll be with the club until 2016 should he see the deal out. It represents moral worth for the fans as much as anything.
The striker was being quite heavily sought after by Real Madrid this summer and the Bernabeu club were expected to return for the hitman in the coming transfer windows. The fact that he shrugged off the attention so quickly obviously means he’s enjoying his time in Manchester, and won’t be tempted by the money and climate of the Continent, as so many player are these days.
Danny Welbeck has also been offered a new contract with Manchester United and given the 20 year-olds current form, one would think Hernandez won’t be the only striker to sign a new deal at Old Trafford this month. Between the two aforementioned strikers and Wayne Rooney, forwards have accounted for a large percentage of United’s goals this season, as is their job, and the extensions players are signing can only mean that the good times are set to roll on for the champions.
Occurrences like these are exactly why the red side of Manchester will still hold supremacy over their ‘noisy neighbours’, Manchester City come seasons end. While 13 players have signed extensions at Old Trafford in the last year, Manchester City have got players storming off the pitch as well as refusing to storm on. This isn’t a dig at City as the side are undoubtedly improving, but the contrast between the two explains quite harmoniously why these small contract boosts will definitely impact on Manchester United for the better.