Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has expressed his desire to keep hold of his Mexican striker Javier Hernandez.

After only starting six Premier League games, 'Chicharito' has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, in order to gain first team football.

He is the fourth choice striker at present behind Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck but he's the club's joint second top goal scorer. He has 16 goals to his name in 28 appearances this season.

His goals-to-minutes record is as good as anyone's and he always has a habit of scoring crucial goals.

His movement, ability to beat the offside trap and his deadly finishing make him a valuable asset and Manchester United mustn't fail to keep him.

Ferguson told Sky Sports: "Javier is on a long-term contract. We won't be entertaining any interest.

"I speak to the players all the time, especially the ones who don't play. I have said to Javier that it hasn't been easy to leave him out because of his 16-goal tally.

"If you look at the goals he has scored in terms of the games he has played, he has a brilliant record. He will always have that because he is a fantastic penalty-box player.

"But it's difficult when you are up against a player of Robin van Persie's form. Then we've got (Danny) Welbeck, Rooney and (Shinji) Kagawa. That's the benefit of having a strong squad. It's given us an advantage.

"Hernandez wants to play in every game. If his patience runs out that isn't a problem for me. If players aren't happy that's great.

"I have no issues with the lad. He's been brilliant, a breath of fresh air since he came here. He's a really important player for us.

He continued to praise his striker by saying: "He does something in every game. 

"He changes things. He does something different to the other strikers we have."

Many clubs all over Europe will definitely be interested should Hernandez become available but Sir Alex Ferguson is adamant he is going to keep his player.

Hernandez was given an opportunity against Chelsea on Monday, however he failed to find the net, and United bowed out of the competition after a 1-0 defeat. 

Is Hernandez good enough to earn a regular starting spot at Manchester United? Or does he need to go elsewhere to fulfil his overall potential?

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