05/09/2013 10:59, Report by James Tuck

World Cup Reds: Mexico

We run the rule over United stars' prospects of playing at the World Cup finals next year...

United player: Javier Hernandez (53 caps, 35 goals)

Chances of Mexico qualifying? Still achievable, despite a mediocre start in which Mexico have won only one of their first six games in the North, Central America and Caribbean group – and drawn four of them 0-0. With four matches left, El Tri are currently in the third and final automatic qualification spot, behind the USA and Costa Rica and a point ahead of Honduras, their next opponents. Should Chicharito’s side end up in fourth, they’ll need to win a play-off against New Zealand, the Oceania winners, to reach Brazil 2014.

How has he contributed so far? Chicha has played in every game so far, scoring both goals in a 2-2 draw against Honduras in March. His goals record at international level is phenomenal: he’s already joint-third on Mexico’s all-time scorer list with 35 in 53 games, only 11 behind record-holder Jared Borgetti.

Situation at United? Hernandez missed all of pre-season and, following a hamstring injury, only made his first Reds appearance as a substitute in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Liverpool. Once the 25-year-old is fully fit, it’ll be interesting to see how he is used by manager David Moyes, who has shown he’s willing to pick three strikers in his line-up.

Likelihood of being involved in the squad? Javier is the focal point of Mexico’s attack and, providing he steers clear of injury, is guaranteed to make another World Cup finals appearance – assuming Mexico qualify.

Remaining qualifiers: 6 September – Honduras (home), 11 September – USA (away), 11 October – Panama (home), 15 October – Costa Rica (away).

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