Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out the possible sale of forward Javier Hernandez in the summer.

Hernandez has struggled to break into the United first team with Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney the understandable favourites at Old Trafford but even Danny Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa have jump ahead of him in the pecking order.

The Mexican striker has already notched 16 goals this season despite not being involved in the majority of games.

Even if the 24 year old became disillusioned at Old Trafford, Ferguson has ruled out the possibility of the striker leaving the club claiming that it is extremely difficult to leave him out each week.

“I’ve said to him it’s not easy to keep leaving him out because a 16-goal tally in the number of games he’s started is a brilliant record,” Ferguson told the Telegraph.

“And he’ll always have that because he’s fantastic in the box.

“But it’s difficult when you’re up against a player of Robin van Persie’s form, then you’ve got Welbeck, Rooney, (Shinji) Kagawa – that’s the benefit of having a strong squad.

“It’s given us an advantage. We are working with 26 first-team players – probably the biggest in the league.”