Hernandez hints at United exit – should he leave Old Trafford?

The Mexican marksman is behind Robin van Persie in the pecking order in Manchester, and has suggested that he may need to move on to play regularly.

Javier Hernandez has hinted that he may well have to leave Manchester United to get regular first-team football, as the Mexican finds himself behind big-name strikers in David Moyes’ preferences.

Chicharito has proven himself as a lethal marksman since moving to England in 2010, but has struggled to command a consistent place in the team since the arrival of Robin van Persie.

The Mexican has admitted that although he is willing to work hard to forge a chance to play, he may have to go elsewhere to be an automatic starter.

"I strive for that [to start more games]," he admitted.

"I am working towards that - earning a spot as a starter. I know that my performance on the pitch will allow me to achieve that goal someday either here [in Manchester] or elsewhere for any other club.

"I am going on four years here [at Manchester United] and really, like I have always said, I am happy to be able to play for one of the best clubs in the world, doing my best every single day to earn more minutes on the pitch.

"I just need to be given more opportunities to showcase what I can do, because all of us want to be able to contribute our part so this team can win championships."

Hernandez has only started two games for United in the Premier League this season and had a paltry 86 minutes of playing time, with Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa as competition for a place in the team’s forward line.

But should Hernandez be thinking about a move?

Over the summer the speculation was rife that moves to Tottenham, Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina could well be in the offing, and you can’t blame the 25-year-old for wanting to play on a regular basis.

At United he will still have an important role to play, and although he will not start as many games as he would like, will be one of the first players that Moyes turns to from the bench. Whether Hernandez will be satisfied with this remains to be seen, and when fit and available Van Persie will surely be United’s number one striker.

A move elsewhere would offer more time on the pitch and give Hernandez a chance to prove himself on a more consistent basis. If this is to happen it will not be until the end of the season, and the Mexican may well have to weigh things up next summer.

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