Javier Hernandez has indicated he may be willing to stay at Manchester United if there are first-team opportunities available.
The Mexican joined Real Madrid on loan last season after Louis van Gaal signed Radamel Falcao.
However, Hernandez struggled to make an impact at the Bernabeu and Madrid eventually decided not to exercise an option to sign him permanently.
Man United can look forward to Champions League football next season and Hernandez insisted he would be happy to stay at the club if there are more opportunities to play.
Speaking about his future plans, Hernandez said: “Last summer it was a different situation. When Van Gaal arrived he wanted to restructure the team and reduce the number of players. They weren’t playing in Europe and he preferred to focus on the Premier League. Perhaps he didn’t want many players because we wouldn’t have played. Now the situation is different.
“There will be a Champions League preliminary round to play, which means many more games and I think there might be more opportunities. I think I have more options to play at United next season.”
Falcao has since left United following a similarly disappointing loan spell so van Gaal may well give Hernandez an opportunity to impress next season.
The striker was always going to find it difficult to displace the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in Madrid’s starting XI but Hernandez remains a reliable goalscorer. He would be a good plan B if United fail to land their top targets this summer.