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Javier Hernandez's top five Manchester United goals

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Javier Hernandez has finally left Manchester United behind and opted for a new challenge in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen.

The Mexican was always a popular figure amongst the supporters and helped the club win two Premier League titles during his five-year stay at Old Trafford.

His best form came under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson, with opportunities becoming hard to come by during the days of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

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Here are 27-year-old's best and biggest individual moments in a United shirt.

vs. Chelsea (08/08/2010)

With United reeling from losing the Premier League title to Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea just months previously, Hernandez netted on his debut to help the Red Devils win the Community Shield and beat the Blues on a sunny day at Wembley in 2010.

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Antonio Valencia had opened the scoring early on after good work from Wayne Rooney, with Chicharito fortuitously doubling the lead with his shot cannoning off his own face and past goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Chelsea then responded through Salomon Kalou, but Dimitar Berbatov scored a deft lob to ensure the first piece of silverware of the season head to Manchester.

Hernandez's cameo gave a glimpse of the predatory instincts that had excited many of the clubs supporters after an impressive World Cup in South Africa with Mexico.

vs. Stoke City (24/10/2010)

Sir Alex Ferguson's men travelled to the Britannia Stadium aiming to keep the pressure on Chelsea at the Premier League summit.

And Hernandez was at the double to give United all three points with a memorable backwards header the highlight.

The Mexico international managed to flick the ball past goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen to open the scoring and then snatched a late winner after Tuncay had drawn the Potters level.

Chicharito's brace was the perfect tonic after a difficult week that had seen Rooney express his desire to leave the club - only to perform a u-turn and stay.

vs. Chelsea (28/10/2012)

Something about Chelsea seemed to bring out the best in Hernandez, who scored a late winner when United travelled to Stamford Bridge in October 2012.

In a fiesty encounter that saw Blues duo Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres dismissed, Chicharito scored a late winner to help the 20-time league champions consolidate their position at the top of the league table.

United had raced into an early lead after a David Luiz own goal and Robin van Persie strike, only to be pegged back with Juan Mata and Ramires drawing Roberto Di Matteo's side level.

Hernandez was then introduced from the substitutes bench and tapped in from close range despite being in an offside position, with the goal enraging Chelsea players and fans after the game.

vs. Newcastle United (26/12/2012)

Hernandez scored a dramatic late goal to see off a Newcastle United side that nearly left Old Trafford with a point to their name.

In a pulsating contest on boxing day, the Magpies twice took the lead through a James Perch strike and Jonny Evans own goal, before the Northern Irishman scored at the right end and Patrice Evra levelled the scores.

Papiss Cisse then gave the Magpies the lead again, only for Van Persie to blast home an equaliser with 20 minutes left on the clock.

In the dying seconds Michael Carrick's precise pass freed Chicharito who bundled the ball past Tim Krul to send Sir Alex Ferguson into a state of ecstasy on the touchline.

vs. Liverpool (25/09/2013)

With Sir Alex Ferguson gone and victories hard to come by, United met Liverpool in the Capital One Cup aiming to ease the pressure on David Moyes.

In a turgid and lacklustre game it was Chicharito who boosted morale with a well taken goal just 39 seconds after the interval, burying Rooney's corner past Simon Mignolet.

The Red Devils had been beaten comprehensively by Manchester City just days previously, though the win would only delay Moyes' departure until later in the season.

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