Javier Hernandez: Time to leave Manchester United?

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Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has been limited to just 34 minutes of action since the start of the season.

The Mexican international missed United's pre-season tour due to his participation in the Confederations Cup. His absence from the tour meant that new manager David Moyes has not had much time to see Hernandez in action.

Hernandez was also overlooked for the majority of Manchester United's games last season as Sir Alex Ferguson often opted for a strike partnership of Robin van Persie alongside either Wayne Rooney or Danny Welbeck.

Since his arrival at Old Trafford in the summer of 2010, Hernandez has been labelled as a 'super sub' - but will Hernandez ever become a Manchester United regular?

The one season when Hernandez was a consistent starter was during the 2011/12 season when the now 25-year-old bagged 10 goals in the league.

Hernandez was starting to build an outstanding partnership with Rooney - having replaced Dimitar Berbatov in Ferguson's first-team plans.

The majority of Manchester United fans were happy with United's strike partnership - despite seeing their nearest rivals win the Premier League title on the final day of the season.

However Arsenal marksman Robin van Persie switch to United has moved Hernandez further down the pecking order.

Hernandez was linked with a departure from Old Trafford during the summer - but decided to stay and fight for his place as he wanted to 'triumph in England'.

He also stated that he was looking forward to playing under new manager Moyes - but not much has changed.

He is still behind Van Persie - who even wants to extend his stay at Old Trafford - and Rooney - who remains a pivotal member of Moyes' plans.

A big flaw in Hernandez's game is his general play outside of the box. His threat in and around the area is deadly but a team like United need more than that.

Hernandez will therefore have a major decision to make next summer or even in January; should he bide his team and wait for either Van Persie or Rooney to leave the club/pick up an injury or does he jump ship in search of regular football.

Either way, he will always be a fans' favourite at Old Trafford.

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