Chicharito on Manchester United future: ‘Only God knows’

The 26-year-old striker is entering his fifth season with Manchester United, but could look to move elsewhere to seek more playing time.

LANDOVER, Md. — The future of Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has been under the microscope for some time now.

That’s what happens when, despite scoring 40 goals in his first three Manchester United seasons, Hernandez was relegated to just six Premier League starts last season.

The 26-year-old Mexican striker has been linked with a host of clubs across Europe, and following his team’s penalty-kick win over Inter, he admitted that his future is still up in the air.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, only God knows,” Hernandez told reporters. “I just have to keep working.”

New United boss Louis van Gaal gave Hernandez a 13-minute cameo in the International Champions Cup match at FedEx Field. The striker converted his penalty kick in a shootout following a 0-0 draw in regulation.

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Hernandez didn’t get the playing time he’d have hoped for under former manager David Moyes, but the Guadalajara native has a chance to start over fresh with Van Gaal.

The Dutchman remained tight-lipped when asked about the Mexican’s future.

“That I cannot answer. He is a player of Manchester United,” Van Gaal said in his press conference, adding nothing else.

Following a post-World Cup vacation that included a stop in his hometown and visit to former team Chivas, Hernandez joined up with the Red Devils last Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Though he was away from his club for a period, Hernandez made sure to point out he was still maintaining his fitness.

“I’m working very hard, I feel good physically,” he said. “I also worked in Guadalajara during my last week of vacation.”

With his vacation over, Hernandez will need to impress Van Gaal, or he’ll likely take a permanent trip out of Manchester before the beginning of September.