Jose Mourinho firmly believes Javier Hernandez would have 20 goals this season if he was still a Manchester United player.
Louis van Gaal sold Hernandez because he didn’t fit his system of football and he went on to be an excellent striker for Bayer Leverkusen, scoring 17 goals in 25 appearances in his first Bundesliga season.
Nobody is under any illusion that Man United need a new striker this summer and having namechecked Chicharito twice, there will no doubt be rumours of a return for the much loved Mexican striker.
Speaking ahead of the Sunderland game, Mourinho said: “We have some players that are not really in love with the ball, you know. “They are good players and they are creative players. They can create but, naturally, they are not the kind of guy that is a killer.
“I give you a simple example: in the way we play at Old Trafford, in the way we dominate opponents, in the way we play in their box, I think Chicharito would have 20 goals easily, even coming from the bench for the last 10 or 20 minutes. He’d have 20 goals.
“He’s a guy that, naturally, when the ball rebounds here or there, boom, goal. The goalkeeper saves, he goes there – tap-in, goal. A cross is coming, he anticipates at the first [near] post – header, goal. And not even coming from the bench, we have this kind of player that scores 10 or 15 goals and gives you 10 or 15 more points. We play well most of the time – not always, obviously – we create but don’t score enough goals for the way we play.”
I don’t think there is a United fan who wouldn’t love to see Hernandez back at Old Trafford. When he left the club under van Gaal that was the right decision because he wasn’t going to get any game time, nor did he suit van Gaal’s slow and cumbersome build-up play. However, this United under Mourinho are creating so much but finishing so little – in that respect he’d fit like a glove.
Once upon a time Mark Hughes left United after six years at the club, joined Barcelona, went to Bayern Munich on loan and came back to play for United once again for another seven years. Could Chicharito follow the same career trajectory and return to Old Trafford?