Manchester United star Javier Hernandez has admitted he has hit “rock bottom” at times this season because of the lack of playing time he is getting and the uncertainty over where his future will lie.
Louis van Gaal decided the Mexico international was surplus to requirements when he arrived to take over at Old Trafford in the summer and a loan deal to Real Madrid was secured before the transfer window shut in September.
Unfortunately for him, a lack of playing opportunities at Manchester United has been mirrored at the Santiago Bernabeu so far during the season-long stint. Hernandez has made only a solitary start in La Liga and 13 appearances in total, thanks to Carlo Ancelotti’s absolute faith in his first-choice strike force.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale are the undisputed attackers in Real Madrid’s starting XI, though Hernandez has scored on three occasions in the limited playing time given to him. The 26-year-old admitted that this situation was getting to him and that his confidence had been drained.
“My situation is frustrating. I cooperate, I help and give my 100% in training but in the games the opportunities are slim,” Hernández said in an interview with Fox Sports which will air on Monday evening, quoted by The Guardian.
“I’m in a team but left out of what is important, which are the games. At times my confidence is rock bottom although I try for it to be sky high, thanks to the people that are always there with me and support me.”
Give Him A Go, Louis
After his move to Madrid it seemed certain that ‘Chicharito’ would be onhis way out of Manchester United, though there is now more doubt about the futures of the club’s current strikers that a new opportunity could present itself.
Having Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie in the squad would have meant almost no playing time for Hernandez, but neither has found their best form this season and speculation about their respective futures is rife.
Van Gaal’s team have struggled for fluency going forward for much of this campaign and getting goals has often been a problem. In Hernandez, Van Gaal could have a viable option to improve things up front next season.
He is not the strongest or the quickest, but the Mexican has a knack for scoring goals by being in the right place at the right time. Even if it wasn’t as a first choice, the Dutch coach could certainly use a player like Hernandez when his team are searching for a goal – he deserves a chance next season.
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