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Life on the bench isn’t Peautiful

Manchester-United-v-Liverpool-Capital-One-Cup-Third-Round-2301158He’s one of the most-liked players in the United, his reputation for scoring crucial goals when his team needs them the most comparable to the great Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He was a pivotal figure in the last two title winning campaigns when his knack for popping up in the right place at the right time often saved the bacon for United.

And yet, Javier Hernandez could soon leave Old Trafford in search of first team football which, in fairness, would be totally understandable for Chicharito has been restricted to just two starts in David Moyes’ first 11 games in charge, scoring just once.

“I strive for that [to start more games],” said Hernandez to a Mexican TV station.

“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,” continued the 25-year-old who was a target for Atletico Madrid and Valencia this summer.

“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.”

Chicharito, who signed from Mexican side Chivas Guadalajara in 2010 for £6m, claimed that he’s not afraid of competing with the likes of Robin Van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney, but he conceded he might have to move elsewhere if he’s not given his chance at the club.

“What better way to compete anywhere in the world than to compete with them?” said Little Pea.

“The competition inside the team has always been really healthy and I think that helps the team a lot, because there are so many quality players that every one of them wants to earn a starting spot.

“The practices and matches coming up will force us to step up and help the team grow both at an individual and collective level.”

Losing Hernandez would represent a big blow for Manchester United, for while Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie are more than capable to delivering goals, the Mexican is arguably the only striker in David Moyes’ squad who possesses that aura of  penalty box predator – the sort of player United might desperately need this year.

Dan