Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez: ‘My priority is to play’

by Ben Topliss

Javier Hernandez has reiterated his desire to play regular first-team football next season, whether it be at Manchester United or elsewhere.

The Mexican spent last term on loan at Real Madrid after Louis van Gaal deemed him surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.

Although Hernandez scored the winner against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final, he spent large chunks of the campaign on the substitute’s bench.

Hernandez’s future is uncertain but he insisted he just wants the opportunity to play first-team football.

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Speaking about his situation, Hernandez said: “Real had a deadline to exercise the right to acquire my rights but they let it go. Right now Real are like any other club and as of now I am a Manchester United player.”

“That’s the only reality. Above all, I want to join a team where I can play and have minutes. If it’s at Manchester United or another team, I will be equally happy. My priority is to play.”

With Radamel Falcao gone, van Gaal may well be prepared to give Hernandez a chance as a backup striker next season.

However, the 27-year-old’s comments suggest that it is unlikely he will settle for that role in United’s squad. Hernandez undoubtedly retains the ability to score goals despite his troubled spell and he would be a good addition for a mid-table team in the Premier League.

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