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Hernandez 2013

With Javier Hernandez struggling for playing time, how can the Red Devils mix it up in the striking department next season?

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez appears to be a frustrated figure, and having started just four Premier League games all season it's hard to blame him.

The Mexican international is 25-years-old and approaching the peak of his career. He will not want to spend it sitting on the bench.

His talent is undoubted, and with two league titles already under his belt at United, there is a strong chance he will elect to move on this summer for a new challenge and shot at regular football.

If he does, here are five ways the Red Devils could elect to mix it up in the striking department. 

Edinson Cavani 21 goals, 6 assists (PSG)

The nuclear option. Yes we've heard the latest quotes from his agent that he won't be going anywhere this summer, but when do player representatives ever tell the full story? Rumours have been abound for months at the Uruguayan being unsettled at PSG, and it was even reported in January that Sir Alex Ferguson phoned Laurent Blanc to express United's interest and enquire on David Moyes' behalf. United would have to offer a club record amount to sign him, but the player they would get in return would be a significant upgrade on Hernandez, and place United in a stronger position should Robin van Persie decide to play hardball. The longest of long shots perhaps - so what about these other four?

Michy Batshuayi 19 goals, 6 assists (Standard Liege)

The Belgian is the top scorer in the Jupiler Pro League, and is attracting attention from Arsenal and Everton. Could David Moyes beat his former club to his signature? Batshuayi is just 20, and has been compared to both Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke. He is an entirely different proposition to Cavani, one who would not upset the applecart with regard to Rooney and Van Persie, but be able to take up the role of Hernandez in a back-up role easily, with room to grow and become the club's surprise package. Would cost the Red Devils around £8 million.

Max Kruse 8 goals, 7 assists (Borussia Moenchengladbach)

Bundesliga ace Kruse was one of the players claimed in January that David Moyes was heading to scout. The Telegraph reported that the German's form had attracted attention, and while his goal record is not as spectacular, it's the fact Moenchengladbach signed him for just £2 million last summer which is seeing him hailed as the bargain of the Bundesliga. His mobility makes him a nightmare for defenders to play against, and he works well alongside another central striker should David Moyes be seeking to vary United's formation, or ideal for being brought on late in games from the bench. The forward could be a potential snip if the Red Devils have to replace Hernandez and don't want to spend the earth to do so.

Alexandre Lacazette 18 goals, 6 assists (Lyon)

If United want a youngster who has the lot, then Alexandre Lacazette is the player. The French youngster has been dazzling for Lyon this summer, and there were a number of fans upset with Didier Deschamps that he did not quite make the squad for upcoming friendly with Holland. He is valued at between £10-15 million and could offer Manchester United real variety in attack, although recent reports have signified an interest from Liverpool. Lacazette offers versatility in his ability to play as a wide forward, enabling him to play alongside Robin van Persie up front and decreasing the need for United to persist with Ashley Young on the flanks.

Mario Mandzukic 20 goals, 9 assists (Bayern Munich)

Another top of the range striker, Mario Mandzukic's future is in doubt thanks to the impending arrival of Robert Lewandowski at Bayern Munich this summer. The Croatian's agent stated his client would assess his offers after the World Cup, and Manchester United were linked with a bid just in January. His goalscoring record at Bayern is hugely impressive, although whether the Red Devils would be able to persuade Bayern to sell both Mandzukic and Toni Kroos is questionable. If Kroos turns out to be a non-starter, Mandzukic to boost their firepower would not be a bad consolation, and certainly be an upgrade on Hernandez.

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