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United to sell striker in the summer

chicharito-javier-hernandez-real-madrid_3198642Javier Hernandez will leave Manchester United this summer, regardless of what happens to Radamel Falcao, with Louis Van Gaal adamant that the Mexican is now surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.

According to a report in the Telegraph, Chicharito will be allowed to leave at the end of the season even if United choose not to make Falcao’s move to Old Trafford permanent, with the on-loan Colombian striker set to cost the club in the excess of £40m.

Having played the first game of the season against Swansea, Hernandez was allowed to join Real Madrid on loan but has struggled to make an impact in Spain, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale all ahead of him in the pecking order and has scored just four times in 14 appearances in all competition.

With the 26-year-old entering the final year of his contract next season, United’s decision to cash in rather than losing him for free is perfectly understandable, though it remains to be seen whether they’ll manage to attract any suitors for the Mexican, who scored 20 goals in 45 matches in all competitions in 2010-11, his debut season in the Premier League.

With 18 goals in 36 appearances, Hernandez was instrumental in United’s cavalcade to their 20th league title in 2012-13, but the Mexican had very limited opportunities under David Moyes last season and is clearly not in Van Gaal’s plans.