Por Stuart Mathieson
Javier Hernandez’s scoring burst has continued in America, but Manchester United fear he may be burnt out ahead of the Reds’ crucial trip to West Ham on Saturday.
Chicharito had scored five goals in his last six appearances for the Reds before the international break.
A double at Wigan, a consolation at Liverpool and two against Marseille in the Champions League brought his tally to 16 goals in his debut campaign, nosing him ahead of Dimitar Berbatov as the man Sir Alex Ferguson trusts up front alongside Wayne Rooney.
The 22-year-old scored twice against Paraguay on Saturday in the first of two friendlies Mexico are playing this week.
He headed home after six minutes and scored his second after 34 in his country’s first game since the World Cup.
Much to Sir Alex Ferguson’s delight, new Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre didn’t use the United striker for the full 90 minutes and substituted him after 65 minutes, and the player came off to a standing ovation from the crowd in the Oakland Coliseum.
But he is expected to be involved again on Tuesday night when the Mexicans move on down the Californian coast to San Diego where they will play Venezuela.
It will mean Chicharito is unlikely to train with his United colleagues until Friday at Carrington after a long-haul trans-Atlantic flight. The Reds then leave for London to prepare to take on the Hammers.
Having got back on track with three Old Trafford wins in all competitions, United will be looking to improve their away form in the tricky trip to Upton Park. Chicharito’s long-distance international duty could mean he’ll be on the bench at West Ham in favour of Berbatov, who has retired from playing for Bulgaria, and Wayne Rooney who, having played against Wales, has been released by England and won’t take part in tomorrow’s friendly at Wembley against Ghana.
Meanwhile, United will be in America en masse in the summer during their preparations for next season.
The Reds have a pre-season tour planned with dates yet to be rubber-stamped. They will play in Seattle against Seattle Sounders, Chicago against Chicago Fire and have a game in New Jersey against the MLS All Stars. But the highlight of the tour is the game against Lionel Messi and co when they take on Barcelona in Washington DC.