Mexico’s Javier Hernandez bids emotional farewell to Manchester United

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Mexican forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has been reflecting on his career at Manchester United after “the little pea” transferred to Bayer Leverkusen earlier this week.

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Hernandez, 27, spent five years at Old Trafford but was loaned out to Real Madrid last season and has fell way down the pecking order at United after Louis van Gaal’s arrived last summer.

After arriving at Leverkusen permanently on a three-year deal, the Mexican national team forward will finally get the chance to become a regular for a team in the UEFA Champions League and a top four club in one of Europe’s top five leagues. That’s long overdue as his reputation as a super sub for United has seen him make most of his appearances off the bench, but he did have an impressive goalscoring record despite minuscule minutes with 57 goals in 159 appearances for the Red Devils.

Hernandez sent this message out on Instagram to reflect on his time at United, and thanked those who made it special as he moves on to a new adventure in Germany.

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I want to thank Sir Alex Ferguson & Jim Lawlor, the club staff, all the players I played with; but specially I want to thank all the Manchester United fans in the UK and all around the world for the incredible support I've had this past 4 years and all the best wishes they have for me in my new chapter!! #MUFC #GGMU #2premierleagues #19&20 #60goals #85starts #thankyou •••••••••••••• Quiero agradecer a Sir Alex Ferguson & Jim Lawlor, al staff del club, a los jugadores con los que estuve pero especialmente a todos los fans del Manchester United en Inglaterra y alrededor del mundo por el increíble apoyo que me mostraron en los pasados 4 años y sus buenos deseos para mi nuevo capítulo futbolístico! #MUFC #GGMU #2premierleagues #19&20 #60goles #85partidoscomotitular #gracias

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