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Man United outcast continues prolific form as his former team-mates fire blanks

‘Chicharito’ is proving Louis van Gaal and Man United wrong.

Hernandez has been on fire in Germany this season.
Hernandez has been on fire in Germany this season.
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JAVIER HERNANDEZ IS proving there is very much life after Manchester United as he continued his prolific form this afternoon.

The Mexican striker has enjoyed a new lease of life at Bayer Leverkusen and scored his 13th goal in all competitions for the German club at Hertha Berlin earlier.

The 27-year-old has now scored six goals in as many matches in the league and was yesterday named the Bundesliga’s player of the month for November.

‘Chicharito’ was sold by United for £7 million during the summer after falling out of favour under the previous manager David Moyes. A loan-spell with Real Madrid followed and his Old Trafford career was then ended by Louis van Gaal.

Hernandez has found the net more than Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial combined in the league this term.

All the while, United continue to fire blanks and look toothless in attack – as evidenced during their goalless draw with West Ham this afternoon.

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James Wilson, loaned out by van Gaal at the start of the month, scored his first goal for Championship high-flyers Brighton while Will Keane, also on loan from the Red Devils, was on the mark for Preston North End.

It’s stretching it to say Wilson and Keane finding the net for their respective Football League clubs is further reason to question van Gaal’s decisions but Hernandez’s form certainly is.

The United boss yesterday revealed he would be entering the January transfer market in search of a striker – but perhaps he wouldn’t find himself in this situation if he’d given Hernandez a chance to prove his worth.

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