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Hernandez calls for United unity

ESPN staff
February 27, 2014
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Javier Hernandez says that no individual player at Manchester United is bigger than the team.

The striker posted a thinly-veiled message on Instagram after Robin van Persie had branded the side's form as "lousy" and complained that his team-mates have been getting in his way and preventing him hitting top form.

The post read: "Without your team-mates you can't be somebody in football, always be thankful."

Hernandez left a cryptic message at the beginning of the month on the social networking site which sparked speculation about his exit from Old Trafford.

The background to the latest comment caused an even bigger stir. Van Persie was critical of his team-mates after United's humiliating 2-0 defeat by Olympiakos first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.

The striker said they "occupied the spaces" that he likes to play in. He also branded the club "lousy", as well as joking that everyone should not be surprised by how they played on Tuesday night because they "didn't see us play in a while."

Former United midfielder Johnny Giles was angered by the comments, claiming: "It can show you Van Persie is a prat. In other words [to the comments] he is not at fault. Right, he's not at fault. And I watched the game and he never tried a leg."

Hernandez followed up his initial message with another on Twitter later on Thursday, trying to play down his remarks after they had been widely interpreted as a swipe at Van Persie.

Reports suggest Van Persie had apologised to his United team-mates at training on Thursday.

Hernandez said: "My comment on Instagram had nothing to do with RVP. We are great team-mates working for the same goal, the TEAM! & Cause the team isn't doing as well as we'd like everyone just wants to make everything look like a bad thing!"

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