The 26-year-old Mexico international struggled to gain access to regular first team football at Old Trafford last term under David Moyes and now Javier Hernandez has revealed his frustrating struggle to regain his confidence.
"This whole year has been very tough. Players need confidence more than anything else, and I’ve been very short of it,” Chicharito explained.
"Very few people have shown faith in me over this past year."
Hernandez was granted 90 minutes on just three occasions in the Premier League last season and his comments appear to be directed at sacked boss David Moyes but how will his outburst be perceived by new manager Louis van Gaal?
Hernandez’s future at Manchester United remains uncertain whilst he is over in Brazil at the World Cup. There is little doubt that the Mexican has talent in abundance but he sits behind two of the world’s most experienced and dangerous forwards in Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.
Former manager Sir Alex Ferguson placed a lot of faith in Hernandez and managed to keep the player’s confidence intact despite using him predominantly as a substitute in his final years in charge of the Red Devils.
However, David Moyes seemed to lack faith in the striker and he did cut a frustrated figure in the latter months of what was a disappointing season for everyone at Old Trafford. With Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal likely to view Van Persie as his main man and Rooney as his No.10, Hernandez will likely find his status remains much the same, although has a perfect stage to prove a point when Mexico take on Holland.
The striker has been linked with interest from Italian champions Juventus as well as Premier League rivals Tottenham in recent transfer windows but it will likely be up to the new manager to decide whether he will be integral to his plans next term or not.
The player, assuming he is still waiting on assurances over his future from the manager, will likely be open to moving elsewhere given that it is highly unlikely that either Van Persie or Rooney will leave any time soon.
He is no longer what one could consider a young player at 26-years of age and is about to enter the peak years of a centre-forward’s career in his late 20s toward his 30s, so a club where he could be considered a star player would probably suit his talents or he may find his confidence is diminished once again next term.