Jose Mourinho seemed a bit extra nostalgic on Friday, wistfully describing his wishes for a goal-scorer like Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.
The Manchester United manager claimed his current squad suffers from an abundance of players that “are not really players in love with the goal.”
Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic has managed the double figures among United’s strikers, and his 27 goals across all competitions lead the team. The other strikers Mourinho has — Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford — have scored a combined 19 goals this season.
Dearth of results from his strikers forced Mourinho to regret that United sold the likes of Chicharito.
“They are good players, they are creative players, they can create, but naturally they are not the kind of guy that is a killer,” Mourinho said.
“I give a simple example. In the way we play at Old Trafford, in the way we dominate opponents and the way we play in the box, I think Chicharito would have 20 goals easily. Even coming off the bench for the last 10 or 20 minutes, he would have 20 goals.”
“He is the guy that naturally the ball rebounds here, rebounds there. Boom! Goal. The goalkeeper saves. Boom! Goal. The cross is coming, he anticipates the first post header. Goal” the Portuguese said.
Mourinho has always admired the 28-year-old Mexican, once saying he would have never sold Chicharito if he’d been managing United.
But sadly, Louis van Gaal offloaded Chicharito to Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 for €12 million. Since then the prolific striker has flourished in the Bundesliga, scoring 27 goals in his 51 league appearances.
Mourinho’s comments must be received as a wake-up call for the Manchester United attackers, except for Ibrahimovic. If they don’t start “falling in love” with the goal soon, they could be out of the door and also the Special One’s continuous praise for the former Red Devils striker suggests he could well make an ambitious move for him in the summer window.