United to double Hernandez's wages
Published 23:00 12/05/11 By David McDonnell
Javier Hernandez will be offered a double-your-money new deal by Manchester United following his amazing debut season.
The Mexican has been a revelation, scoring 20 goals and playing a key role in helping Sir Alex Ferguson’s side to the Champions League final and the brink of a record 19th domestic league title.
Nicknamed Chicharito – ‘The Little Pea’ – Hernandez was snapped up for £7million from Chivas Guadalajara on a four-year deal worth around £25,000-a-week.
Just 22, he was expected to spend his first season settling in, contributing mainly from the bench, with a view to realising his potential over time.
Instead, Hernandez struck up a deadly strike partnership with Wayne Rooney, boosting his transfer value to £35m-plus.
Now he can expect his salary to jump to around £50,000-a-week, with additional incentive-based bonuses also written into the new agreement.
Hernandez scored the opening goal - after just 36 seconds - in United’s 2-1 win over Chelsea last week and is expected to start the Champions League final against Barcelona on May 28.
United team-mate Ryan Giggs said: “To score 20 goals in his first season is unbelievable.
"You always have a chance when you have a goalscorer like Javier in the team. He’s made a fantastic impact on and off the pitch.”