Many ex-professionals have confidently stated that there's only way you go after leaving Manchester United - and that's down.

But this simply isn't the case.

Anyone who watched Fiorentina's 4-2 win over Juventus on Sunday night will tell you that it's not all doom and gloom for players who leave Old Trafford.

Giuseppe Rossi, who proved exactly that during his successful spell at Villarreal before spending almost two years on the sidelines with a serious knee injury, scored a stunning hat-trick against the Italian champions to take his tally to eight goals in eight matches for La Viola.

Meanwhile, on the losing side was his fellow former United striker Carlos Tevez, who also scored to take his tally to three goals in six matches for the Old Lady.

Alongside Tevez in the Juve line-up - and also on the scoresheet - was Paul Pogba, who has cemented his status as one of the world's best young midfielders since leaving Old Trafford last year.

These are just three examples of players who have flourished after leaving Manchester United - in one single match.

Others who instantly spring to mind include Diego Forlan, who won the Golden Ball at the 2010 World Cup finals, and Ravel Morrison, who is playing so well for West Ham and the England Under-21s right now.

Manchester United's current back-up striker Javier Hernandez is likely to find himself in a position soon where he feels the urge to move on. David Moyes doesn't seem keen on the Mexico international, who is far too good to be spending each match watching from the substitutes' bench.

The smile on his face has gone missing and who could blame him if he felt a little apprehensive about the thought of leaving a club as prestigious as Manchester United?

The 25-year-old said that he cried when he was told the Red Devils wanted to sign him - but spending every match on the bench is not exactly living the dream.

As one of the world's best goal-poachers, Chicharito could walk into the starting line-ups of many of the world's best clubs, just as the likes of Rossi, Tevez and Forlan have done since.

He should use that as inspiration to make the brave decision to leave. Unless Moyes starts playing him, then like Shinji Kagawa, there's no reason to hang around.

Hernandez has never complained since joining United in 2010 - and in many ways he's a manager's dream - but there comes a time when players must put their best interests first.

For Hernandez that time is coming soon - although in the meantime there's no reason for him to suffer any sleepless nights.

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