Javier Hernandez has said that he still holds the ambition of being a starter for Manchester United and is confident that his performances on the pitch will earn that, either in Manchester or elsewhere.
The 25-year-old has every right to be frustrated at his lack of game time given that he had the best goal-to-minute ratio in the Premier League last year as despite that, he finds himself fourth in the pecking order at Old Trafford.
And although he insisted he was still happy at the club, it is the first indication from Hernandez that he could be forced to look elsewhere if opportunities continue to be limited.
“I strive for that, I am working towards that, earning a spot as a starter,” the striker told Telemundo.
“I know that my performance on the pitch will allow me to achieve that goal someday either here [in Manchester] or elsewhere for any other club.
“I just need to be given more opportunities to showcase what I can do, because all of us want to be able to contribute our part so this team can win championships.
“I am going on four years here [at Manchester United] and really, like I have always said, I am happy to be able to play for one of the best clubs in the world. So I’m happy, doing my best every single day to earn more minutes on the pitch.”
You cannot fault Hernandez’s attitude since he has been a United player. Despite his frustrations, a smile is always plastered over his face and his positive approach is infectious.
And instead of being too flustered by his lack of chances, Hernandez has insisted that the added competition drives him on.
“Of course. What better way to compete anywhere in the world than to compete with them?” he said.
“The competition inside the team has always been really healthy and I think that helps the team a lot, because there are so many quality players that every one of them wants to earn a starting spot.
“The practices and matches coming up will force us to step up and help the team grow both at an individual and collective level.”
One thing is for sure – Hernandez needs to have a less peripheral role this season. While his place in the Mexico squad isn’t under threat, a striker of his quality deserves to play regular football and if he feels he won’t get that at Old Trafford, you wouldn’t begrudge him looking elsewhere for it.