Was United striker wrong to turn down ideal Southampton switch?

Javier Hernandez

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has reportedly turned down a move to Southampton.

According to reports, the Mexico international saw a move to the Saints as too much of a step down from Old Trafford.

Amid speculation linking the 26-year-old with a move away from the Manchester-outfit, the Saints tried desperately to Hernandez's services ahead of the upcoming Premier League season.

It is believed the club were eager to use Luke Shaw's transfer in the opposite direction in an attempt to bring the 26-year-old to St Mary's.

He experienced a frustrating time during David Moyes’ reign at United last term, contributing just four goals and three assists during a season to forget for both player and club.

2013/14 Premier League season

  TeamPosAppsMinsGoalsmins / GoalsGoal Assistmins / Goal Assist
Javier Hernández Man Utd FW 24 839 4 209.75 3 279.67

The little Mexican is a truly outstanding player when played regularly, but he hasn't been afforded the opportunity to do so in recent seasons. He is a goal poacher by trade, and this is exactly the type of player that Southampton are in the market for, especially considering the recent departure of Rickie Lambert.

2011/12 Premier League season

  TeamPosAppsMinsGoalsmins / GoalsGoal Assistmins / Goal Assist
Javier Hernández Manchester United FW 28 1,476 10 147.60 2 738.00

2012/13 Premier League season

  TeamPosAppsMinsGoalsmins / GoalsGoal Assistmins / Goal Assist
Javier Hernández Manchester United FW 22 948 10 94.80 3 316.00

A brief look at the statistics, prior to the largely forgettable "David Moyes campaign," show just how prolific he really is. Even in his earlier United days he experienced a distinct lack of game time, yet he still contributed a minimum of ten league goals each term.

Hernandez is yet to be rewarded with a full season at Old Trafford and this suggests a starring-role at a lesser club is exactly what he needs. At just 26 years of age, approaching the prime years of his career, he is a forward who is easily capable of scoring 15 or more goals per season, providing he receives a decent amount of playing time.

He remains a player who is tragically underused and although it would sadden me to see him leave Old Trafford, it could prove the best move in terms of his development as a footballer.

Time will tell if Louis Van Gaal perceives the Mexican as a valuable asset. As the report states, Hernandez is eager to hold talks with incoming Red Devils head coach, which suggests he is ultimately planning on staying put.

In the meantime, a host of clubs will be monitoring his situation, and it's more than likely Southampton are preparing an improved proposal.

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