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Why Javier Hernandez must leave Manchester United

Hernandez struggles for game time (©GettyImages)
Hernandez struggles for game time (©GettyImages).

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez must move away from Manchester United if he is to continue to develop as a player.

At 25 years of age Hernandez deserves to be playing 90 minutes every game as he matures and develops into a world class superstar.

However, at United he is stuck starting matches on the bench. He has to be content with coming on for 20 minute cameos at the end of matches.

As difficult as it would be for the Manchester United faithful to see Chicharito leave the club, it might be the best option for the Mexican international.

At only 25, Hernandez is tied for the third highest goal scorer in Mexican international history. He is only 11 goals behind Jared Borgetti, who currently holds the title of most goals for Mexico.

Additionally, Hernandez scored a magnificent 10 goals in just 11 starts last season. In total, he averaged a goal approximately every 87 minutes last campaign, which was better than last season's golden boot winner, Robin van Persie, who averaged a goal every 120 minutes.

So why is he so undervalued at Manchester United? With this kind of prolific form one would think that he should be starting every match.

Many have concluded that it is Chicharito's all around play that is stopping him from becoming a regular starter for Manchester United. Hernandez tends to do most of his work in the 18 yard box, rather than peeling out wide or dropping deep to get the ball like his counterparts Wayne Rooney and van Persie.

His lack of versatility has also taken a toll on his playing time, as Welbeck has made his way up the pecking order while the Mexican has fallen.

But a player of Chicharito's calibre should not be a fourth string forward.

To continue improving his game he should be getting 90 minutes of football week in, week out. He should not be sitting on the bench like he is at Manchester United.

To do this he could be forced to leave Old Trafford and look elsewhere for playing time. At 25 years of age it would seem unlikely that David Moyes would loan him out, but as he is not playing him as often as he should and more minutes could come if he leaves.

Javier Hernandez does not deserve to be warming the bench.

To continue on with his career and develop to his full potential a move away from Manchester United looks to be the only option.

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