Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez to Leave Manchester United Soon?

By Greg Sulik
David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

In some interesting news regarding Manchester United, striker Javier Hernandez has given the impression that he will seek to leave Old Trafford if he is not given more starting opportunities. This news is not particularly surprising, as Chicharito has made just 5 appearances in all competitions for United this season, including a mere two starts.

The unfortunate reality for the Mexican born striker is that for all his talent, he is one of many attacking options at David Moyes’ disposal. He is clearly behind Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck in the pecking order, and there doesn’t appear to be any great chance of him displacing any of those players in the lineup.

Hernandez has a good goal scoring record, scoring 33 goals in 79 appearances for Manchester United and 35 goals in 53 appearances for the Mexican National Team, where he is given far more opportunities to play the full 90 minutes. He has proven to be a very good finisher in front of the net, and he has a knack for finding space in the box and putting crosses in the back of the net.

Hernandez is not the most creative player, but his abilities as a technical finisher would be appealing to a number of clubs if he were to be put up for sale. Within the Premier League, it is safe to assume that both Chelsea and Arsenal would do their due diligence regarding the 25 year old, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see either make an offer.

Outside of the Premier League, Borussia Dortmund is going to need a replacement for Robert Lewandowski, and teams such as Inter or Atletico Madrid could be interested in another striker. Perhaps the most likely destination would be Real Madrid, where Karim Benzema is not living up to expectations. Los Blancos have plenty of creative attacking talent, and they could be very interested in a man in the middle of the box to put a few balls away.

Chicharito made it clear that he would prefer to stay at United, and it is unknown if any or all of the clubs mentioned would have an interest in the striker. However, there doesn’t appear to be much opportunity for increased playing time for Chicharito at Manchester United. He would certainly draw some major interest on the transfer market, and don’t be surprised if he leaves Old Trafford come January.

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