Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that he regrets not having the services of Javier Hernandez at his disposal, unlike the previous United bosses.
The Mexican striker recently signed for United’s Premier League rivals West Ham United for a reported fee of £16 million.
Chicharito, as he his quite popularly known, was initially loaned out to Real Madrid, and eventually sold to Bayer Leverkusen during Louis Van Gaal’s reign as the Mancunian club’s manager.
Although Jose Mourinho didn’t make any effort to sign the striker this summer, he believes that it is nothing short of a shame that he doesn’t have Hernandez at his disposal.
The Portuguese manager was quoted as saying: “I am not sure if it was his decision or the manager’s decision, but he’s a good player, he’s a player that will always score goals, so he is a player I would always welcome in my squad because he doesn’t need many minutes on the pitch to score a goal.”
However, while Chicharito would have been a wonderful signing for the Red Devils, United were unwilling to make a move for him following the mega money transfer of Romelu Lukaku and the availability of Marcus Rashford.
Mourinho further added: “We moved in another direction and a younger player in (Romelu) Lukaku. We have (Marcus) Rashford that can be also a striker, he is originally a striker, so we didn’t feel that need. No doubt that for West Ham to get a player with his experience and his quality is very, very good.”
If one were to read between the lines, it is not hard to notice that the Special One took a sly dig at his predecessor Louis van Gaal’s tenure as Red Devils’ boss. It was after all the Dutch manager who sent Chicharito to Leverkusen, where he was a part of two successful seasons, scoring 39 goals in 76 appearances.
One thing which is certain is that the Mexican hitman is known for scoring lots of goals. And now that he is back in the Premier League, it will be interesting to see as to what value he adds to his new employers.
Written by Soumyarendra Barik
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