Javier Hernandez sends message to Jose Mourinho ahead of his West Ham United debut

by Leo Nieboer

Javier Hernandez has sent a message to Jose Mourinho ahead of making his West Ham United debut against Manchester United on Sunday, labelling the Portuguese as one of the best managers in the world.

Mourinho recently noted that he would have never sold the Mexican striker, who averaged a goal every three games at Old Trafford, back in 2015.

Louis van Gaal criminally sold him for just £7.4m to Bayern Leverkusen and the Little Pea went on to claim 26 goals in his first season in the Bundesliga.

And Hernandez, speaking ahead of Sunday’s game, was full of kind words for the 54-year-old.

“I appreciate the good words about myself that Mourinho speaks,” he said.

“He’s one of the best managers in the world and it’s motivating for me as a player that a manager like him can say that.”

Finding a traditional poacher can be difficult in the modern game. Strikers at this level have to be multifunctional assets, capable of more than just sniffing out chances, but Chicharito revealed the inestimable value of having a designated specialist in front of goal during his time at Old Trafford.

The 54-year-old has secured a modern day poacher, if you will, in Romelu Lukaku, who displayed his prescience in the box against Real Madrid on Tuesday, but which striker will come out on top when Hernandez once again makes a return to the Theatre of Dreams this weekend?

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