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David de Gea says 'Chicharito' is the deadliest finisher he's ever played with

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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has revealed who he believes is the deadliest finisher that he has ever played with at the Red Devils.

The Spaniard, speaking to the club's website in a Q&A session, has played with a host of clinical forwards during his time at United: Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and, to an extent, Radamel Falcao, to name but a few.

Surprisingly, though, De Gea opted for none of the above, and simply answered, according to the Mirror: "My great friend Chicharito," referring to Mexico international Javier Hernandez.

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The 27-year-old striker was utilised somewhat as an impact substitute during his time at Old Trafford, often playing second or third fiddle to team-mates Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov.

He scored 59 goals in 157 games for United - a goal every 2.6 games - following his £8 million move from Mexican club Guadalajara in 2010 - a respectable record.

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Since then, he's played for Real Madrid on loan and just this summer secured a permanent move to German side Bayer Leverkusen on a three-year deal. He made 33 appearances for Madrid, for whom he scored nine goals, with the pick of the bunch a lone goal in Los Blancos' 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals last season

So far, he's only scored two goals in seven appearances for Leverkusen.

Both Hernandez and De Gea have played victims during their respective spells in Manchester. Hernandez's departure came as a result of falling out of favour with manager Louis van Gaal, perhaps as a result of his missed penalty kick during United's 4-0 victory over Club Brugge in their Champions League play-off win.

De Gea was also on the verge of making a move away from the Red Devils to the aforementioned Madrid, but the transfer failed to transpire after the deadline for submission was missed - an episode that angered fans after what appeared to be a lack of man management on Van Gaal's part.

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