Louis van Gaal has indicated that he may be willing to give Javier Hernandez a chance at Manchester United next season.
Hernandez was loaned to Real Madrid last year having been identified as a player who was surplus to Man United’s requirements when van Gaal took over just after the World Cup.
Since then, however, United have lost Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao and face what some pundits are calling a striker crisis ahead of the new campaign.
Van Gaal explained why Hernandez left last term and why he may now need him in his squad.
“At the time, we have to decide which strikers we could have at Manchester United. We have already four strikers: we have Welbeck, we have Chicharito [Hernandez], we have Van Persie, we have [James] Wilson,” he said.
“Then I have to make a decision that I let go Chicharito and Welbeck because I have bought also Falcao. When you play a system with two strikers or one striker then you [have to] make decisions and I let Chicharito go but now he is coming back.”
United are in desperate need of a striker and could do a lot worse than Chicharito. While he is not as technical as some, he has proven he can score goals wherever he has gone in his career.
The Mexican has scored 37 in 102 appearances for United and landed 7 in 23 for Madrid last season. While he might not get the desired playing time he wants, he can be a force up front in specific situations.
Buying a world-class number nine appears to be a problem for United this summer with Europe’s elite proving costly and unwilling to move. Hernandez will be a good alternative and they would be wise to keep him as an understudy to the starting striker next season.