If Manchester United are to move on from this season's disappointments, they will have to start with a major squad overhaul—beginning with Javier Hernandez.
According to the Daily Star's Jack Wilson, the Mexican striker has been given the green light to leave Old Trafford in the summer as David Moyes prepares his summer clear-out.
The striker has scored just two goals this season, per WhoScored, and has been used largely as a substitute by Moyes as shown by just four starts and 12 appearances from the bench in the league, and two starts with one entrance from the touchline in the Champions League.
This has led the 25-year-old to become frustrated with life in Manchester and seeking pastures new, according to Wilson, with a host of top European sides interested in Chicarito's services.
With United looking to offload Hernandez in the summer, now is the right time for all parties to come to an agreement which will benefit both player and club.
Out of Moyes' plans, Hernandez's abilities will rightly pique the interest of many managers across European football, with the striker's eye for goal sitting as a real asset for many elite clubs.
Speaking with Record (h/t Sky Sports' Paulo Frietas, the forward showed his displeasure at not being handed the first-team opportunities that he craves at Old Trafford, while admitting his happiness at his inclusion with his national side:
I am very eager to play as my club don't take me much into account. I hope I have the opportunity to play. When you are called up, you have to be thankful and if not called up, you have to keep working. I am very happy and thankful with this call-up, like I was when I was called up for the first time.
The striker took to Instagram recently, posting a picture of himself during a Manchester United fixture, with a message which outlined his current frustrations:
But for Hernandez to get back to enjoying the game, and for Manchester United to get back to title-challenging ways, both player and club will have to part company and go their separate ways.
It is important for Moyes, going forward, to surround himself with players whom he knows will not only fight for the shirts on their backs but also fight for him as manager, with the Guardian's Ian Herbert telling of frictions between Moyes and another striker, Robin van Persie:
The fabric of Robin van Persie’s relationship with Manchester United frays a little more, day by day. On Sunday he garlanded the Dutch national coach Louis van Gaal with praise – “a fantastic manager” –and spoke of how age has made him “more sensitive to what my coaches are doing”.
This on a weekend in which he was so surprised to have been removed by David Moyes after an hour’s football at West Bromwich Albion that referee Jon Moss had to point him from the field, which he left shaking his head.
It was only natural that many of United's stars had conformed naturally to Sir Alex Ferguson's way of working and, on current form, remain immune to any new manager's ideas—including David Moyes.
A player of honour who puts his heart into every minute on the pitch, Hernandez will be looking at the summer as an opportunity to re-ignite his club career, knowing that limited chances with United could see his international chances also limited.
Sitting behind Wayne Rooney, van Persie and Danny Welbeck in the Red Devils' starting XI will give Hernandez no confidence of a reprieve within the first team, as Moyes seems content to use Hernandez as more of a bit-part player than a regular starter.
United need to look at their offensive line very closely over the summer and find players who complement their current crop rather than purchase stars who just fit in with what's already on offer.
Quick, clever and nimble players such as Rooney and Welbeck add flair and creativity from the front, while van Persie's ability to turn a game on its head has, at many junctures in his Premier League stay, won the match for whichever club he has played for.
Should Manchester United keep Javier Hernandez?
However, Hernandez's presence adds a third-wheel style atmosphere because he is similar to Rooney and Welbeck. If United are to build their striking depth, they need a player who can create but hold the ball up, such as Atletico's Diego Costa or even Dimitar Berbatov.
Hernandez's future looks away from Manchester, but given his talents and ungodly ability to leap like a gazelle, he could yet find his way into a number of Premier League sides and, as always happens in this situations, prove to Moyes just why he should have given him a starting chance.
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