Javier Hernandez, also known as "Chicharito", is a cheeky figure in the Manchester United ranks - but is the Mexico international wasted at Old Trafford?

He is known to have a knack of scoring goals at crucial times. His ability to find spaces on the field is second to none and there is no doubt about his potential to become a world-class striker. 

But at the age of 24, and having spent almost three years at Old Trafford, the Mexican is yet to cement his place in the starting XI. Yes he does play occasionally and come on as a substitute quite often and almost every time he comes out he scores, yet to the surprise of many he has not been a regular choice - especially after the arrival of Robin van Persie.

In fact he is currently seen as the fourth-choice striker, with Danny Welbeck being preferred to him. Chicharito has scored 48 goals in 109 appearances for the Red Devils, which is an excellent record considering his age and the fact that he does not play regularly. 

As a matter of fact, many of his goals have come when he was brought on as a substitute. He has already found the back of the net 16 times in 28 appearances for his club this season and it is hard to say what more Sir Alex Ferguson wants from him. 

I personally believe that if he was given a consistent run he would have scored more goals than Van Persie, who has been the standout striker for Manchester United this season.

There is no doubt that Chicharito has it in him to be one of the best in the world, but with the lack of opportunities he is very much being wasted. He is certainly too good to be a bench warmer and deserves to get more time on the field. 

This lack of opportunities has given rise to speculation that he may leave the Theatre of Dreams this summer. I personally think that Sir Alex does not need to look for any more strikers and should keep Chicharito because he is certainly one for the future. 

That being said, it is required that Chicharito gets enough match time and gets a proper chance to prove his worth. With someone like Wayne Rooney to do the job of providing balls, Hernandez seems like the ideal person to get into spaces and score goals which he is certainly very good at, as his impressive record testifies.

Hopefully the young Mexican will not be a part of the summer clear-out by the Red Devils, because having someone like him in your side is a big boost to the front line. 


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