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Hernandez’s move to United in serious doubt following permit complication


By Ross Mackiewicz.

Javier Hernandez’s dream of playing for Manchester United may be about to vanquish despite  an agreed transfer of £7million which saw him unveiled with a United shirt at Old Trafford.

In order for the 21 year old Mexican to play on English shores he must have played 75% of his countries international games in the last two years which the UK home office requires. ‘El Chacarito’ has failed to do so and this has put his move to Manchester in real jeopardy. The Red Devils are now in a tangle with the FA as they try to haggle for a compromise to allow him to play in the Premier League. Therefore they will now forward an application for the Mexican international as an ‘exceptional talent’ who cannot be recruited within the European Union for a similar valuation.

Hernandez is currently contracted to C.D. Guadalajara of Mexico and came on as a substitute this past Monday night for his country against England at Wembley. He has made 73 appearances for his club, netting 29 times in the process. He has also made 10 appearances for Mexico and scored a return of 5 goals.

It is not the first time Sir Alex Ferguson has encountered problems with work permits. A deal to sign Brazilian Celio Silva back in 1997 fell through after his application for a work permit was turned down. Park Ji Sung who has gone onto establish himself as a versatile member of the United squad also endured permit complications prior to his move from PSV Eindhoven five years ago where he eventually won his case.



  1. gilmour

    May 27, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Why print such a poor article? – there has been no decision about the transfer from the uk authorities yet. Man Utd would be aware of the situation since the approach in January.

    • Ross Mackiewicz

      May 27, 2010 at 10:37 am

      How is this a poor article Gilmour when facts are being reported? The move is on the verge of collapse due to the complications of the permits regulations. Therefore United have reverted to Plan B to lure him into England. There is no guarantee he will be at United next season, but it also didn’t say a decision had been made either within the article. These problems happen all the time within football, I agree United would have known about the permit regulations, but also a decision could turn on the toss of a coin from the higher powers. The FA works in conjunction with the UK authorities. If the UK authorities feel the FA are making a wrong decision by letting an overseas star into England, even though he hasn’t matched the criteria (i.e playing 75% of games) they’ll dispute it.

  2. chris markham

    May 27, 2010 at 9:42 am

    this happens with all nonj european youngsters (well most), its hardly a sensational story that no-one expected, we all knew he wouldnt get the permit on the first go, but he is now a regular with mexico, is going to the world cup as probably one of the 1st choice strikers, is very talented and cost only 7-8million which is definately not easy to find in europe

  3. nick

    May 27, 2010 at 9:42 am

    its amazing how people can come into the uk from every corner of the world easily and get given benefits,houses and free healthcare every day of the week,yet when a player/players who will be making contributions in taxes (in some cases huge taxes)there are complications in them getting work permits.

  4. gilmour

    May 27, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Where is the supporting evidence that the ‘ move is on the verge of collapse’ . There is a standard procedure for the 75% rule – this is not new and is a well trodden path. Man Utd are going along this well trodden path, nothing more , nothing less.
    There are no stated ‘complications’ from the direct sources of man utd football club, the FA or the Home Office at present. Also the hearing has not taken place , period.

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  5. Matt Jones

    May 27, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    He’s actually got his work permit now. It was fairly obvious he would, this was a total non-story created to drive traffic.

    • Fab4

      May 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm

      hindsight is a wonderful thing

      • Matt Jones

        May 27, 2010 at 4:06 pm

        No, just knowledge of how these things work…

        • Fab4

          May 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm

          Anyone could have made an educated guess that he would get a permit. But to label an article as a ‘total non-story created to drive traffic’ was ridiculous really. It only became a ‘non-story’ when he got the permit. Did you go on the other 100+ football news sites and say the same thing about their coverage of the ‘story’?

          • Matt Jones

            May 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm

            No, because this was the one I read. And I can call it out, there were no sources whatsoever to state that there was such a crisis hanging over the move.

            He was always put in under the “exception talent rule”, it was never a case of they will “now” have to apply for it.

            This story lands the very same day he actually gets the permit? Hardly sounds like his “dream of playing for Manchester United may be about to vanquish” now does it?

            • Fab4

              May 27, 2010 at 5:01 pm

              There was no source on any of the websites or newspapers who covered the story. The author is simply providing news, nothing more. He isn’t claiming to be someone with inside knowledge or anything. Just because you felt this was a non-issue doesn’t mean others weren’t interested.

              Until the permit was granted, there were no certainties he would become a United player. Of course a club as powerful as Man Utd would be confident they could secure a ‘exceptional talent rule’ for him, but that doesn’t mean there still wasn’t an element of doubt.

  6. gilmour

    May 27, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    This was a story to drive traffic, you only need to break the original story down and look for evidence for confirmation of this

    • Fab4

      May 27, 2010 at 5:30 pm

      Any news story is to drive traffic in that case.

  7. gilmour

    May 27, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    ok , to be precise, it was not a worthy news story – period

    • Fab4

      May 27, 2010 at 5:55 pm

      For you maybe, I found it interesting. News is always news to someone.

  8. Ross Mackiewicz

    May 27, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Gilmour and Matt, you are looking into this way too much I think fellas. Just having a moan for the sake of it. Its a general news report, nothing more (no need for a source). If every football story had a source you would believe everything you read in the newspapers wouldn’t you. Sky Sports, TeamTalk, they all do it. As authours on here we’re providing general news for you to read and debate, whether its a fact or a general rumour.

    No need to get technical with diverting traffic claims. This is a great honest website.

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