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United to highlight Javier Hernandez talent
Manchester United will cite Mexican forward Javier Hernandez as an 'exceptional talent' when they plead their case to the Football Association in an effort to secure a work permit for the 21 year-old this week. Although United have agreed a £7 million deal with Chivas Guadalajara for Hernandez, the club must convince the FA, charged by the Home Office with administering the process, to grant a certificate of sponsorship in order to endorse his application. Hernandez, a second-half substitute in Monday's 3-1 defeat by England, has yet to be awarded a permit due to his failure to play in 75 per cent of Mexico's fixtures over the last two years. Although Hernandez has been described as Mexico's brightest talent for a generation, United are mindful their application is not guaranteed to be successful. To secure a work permit, United must convince the FA panel that Hernandez is an elite player who could not be recruited within the European Union for a similar valuation.
Mark Ogden, The Telegraph
Wayne Rooney has dismissed the injury fears reported on Tuesday as "rubbish" and says he's saving his England goals for the World Cup after firing a fourth consecutive blank against Mexico. "Of course I always want to score, but if it doesn’t happen I’m glad it’s in a friendly and not in the World Cup. Hopefully I’m saving them up for South Africa," he said.
Jonny Evans admits in The Sun that he missed out on the chance to establish himself in the United team last season because of his own niggling injuries."There were windows of opportunities I couldn't take because I was sidelined," he said.
Despite Sir Alex's insistence that Dimitar Berbatov is staying at OT, The Guardian has linked the striker with a return to Spurs. Meanwhile, The Telegraph reports that the Glazers will release a financial update to bond holders on Friday.