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Javier Hernandez should leave Manchester United

Hernandez is not first-choice at Old Trafford. (©GettyImages)
Hernandez is not first-choice at Old Trafford. (©GettyImages).

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez is a rare case of the player who became a superstar for other reasons in addition to his ability. Being one of the few players in the Premier League from Mexico - a truly crazy football country - he frequently gets compared to players way above his standard.

Don't get me wrong, Chicharito is one hell of a player and his goalscoring ability is virtually priceless. Manchester United should and will do everything in their power to keep hold of him. However, Chicharito himself deserves better.

The number of goals Chicharito scores in a season is frankly obscene. Last season, he bagged 26 and, two seasons prior, 41.  Granted in both those seasons, close to half came in international appearances, but if those two statistics prove anything it's that Chicharito is a very valuable asset and an very good player.

Statistics like that merit more than a place on the bench at United. Unfortunately, Chicharito needs to realise that he will never be the first-choice striker at Old Trafford. United have a history of employing dynamic centre-forwards who have a wide variety of skill-sets.

Wayne Rooney can hit a better long pass than any other striker on the planet and Robin van Persie can glide past players like they aren't even there. Even Danny Welbeck, despite his lack of goalmouth prowess, is fantastic at bringing other players into the game and running with the ball at his feet. Chicharito's other skill-sets pale in comparison to his most valuable one - scoring goals. Unfortunately for him, that's never going to be good enough to cut it at United.

Chicharito is more suited to a team that employs poaching strikers to feed off rebounds score short range goals. One such team is Real Madrid: Benzema is the polar opposite of Chicharito - he's a striker who have a wide range of skillsets, but his finishing is at times dismal. The sheer number of sitters he misses a season is appalling. Real Madrid could use a player like Chicharito who can put in Ronaldo, Bale and Di Maria's rebounds and get 30 goals a season. 

One thing Chicharito is not short of is options. He is a well sought-after player - and rightly so. He could go anywhere from Spain to Germany and teams would be thrilled to sign him. He's a fantastic player, but his career has been stalled by his staying at United.

He needs consistent playing time to stay atop of his game and he isn't going to get that at United. A Capital One Cup  game every month doesn't make up for weeks of sitting on the bench. Although I personally hope he stays, it's in Chicharito's best interest to move on as soon as possible.

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