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Former striker: "If I'd had more chances at United I'd probably have been 'the star'"


Former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Javier Hernandez says he could have done more for his two former clubs had they given him a chance.

The Mexico international enjoyed an impressive season at Bayern Leverkusen this year and will be one of the main attractions in the upcoming Copa America.

He left United to join Real Madrid on loan but only spent one year at the Santiago Bernabeu before making a move to the German Bundesliga.

"We all know the history of United and Real – European Cups, fighting for everything – but now I'm with the third-best team in the Bundesliga," Hernandez told FourFourTwo.

"If I'd had more chances at United or Real, I'd probably have been 'the star' there as well – we'll never know.

"I didn't have the chance. I never had the chance to play 20 games in a row so people could say: 'He's a good player who should stay' or 'He can't be the star – he's not a good player.'

"Ask the United fans. The numbers are there.

"I started only 85 games at United and I scored 60 goals [total].

"At Real, I started just 12 games and scored nine goals. At Leverkusen I've started 37 games and I have 26 goals. The difference is that Leverkusen want me on the pitch. The others didn't."

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