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'I want to start more' - Chicharito bemoans reduced role at Manchester United

The striker has started just seven Premier League games this season - much less than the 15 in his debut term and the 18 outings the following year - but he is not looking to leave

Manchester United striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez has admitted to growing frustrated at a reduced number of first team opportunities at Old Trafford this season.

The Mexico international has started seven Premier League fixtures this term, compared to 15 and 18 in 2011-12 and 2012-13 respectively, but still ranks alongside Wayne Rooney as the club's second highest goalscorer with 16 in all competitions.

"It is frustrating," he is quoted as saying by The Sun. "All the players in the world want to start every single game, every week. Of course any player wants that."

It has been speculated that Atletico Madrid is lining up Chicharito as it prepares to lose strikers Radamel Falcao and Adrian Lopez, while Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to listen to offers for a host of first team fringe players at Old Trafford, including the 24-year-old forward.

The former Guadalajara star is keen to stay in Manchester although he is growing increasingly anxious at regular outings on the bench.

"I’m happy to be at this club but I’d love more games," he said. "My attitude is that even when the gaffer wants me to be on the bench I’m going to do my best. I have to respect the club, Manchester United. But of course I want to start more."

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