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If Mourinho Likes Javier Hernandez So Much, Why Not Sign Him On The Cheap?

Mikey Traynor
By Mikey Traynor
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Towards the end of last season Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho publicly criticised Louis Van Gaal's decision to allow Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez to leave the club.

The Manchester lad headed for London, while Chicharito went off to thump goals in left, right, and centre in the Bundesliga. And most fans agreed with Jose. They were well-liked players.

We have some players that are not really players in love with the goal. They are good players, they can create, but naturally they are not the kind of guy that is a killer.

I'll give you a simple example, in the way we play at Old Trafford, in the way we dominate opponents, the way we play in their box, I think Chicharito would have 20 goals, easy.

Even coming from the bench for the last ten/twenty minutes, we'll have 20 goals. He's a guy that, naturally, the ball comes, rebound here, rebound there, boom, goal. The goalkeeper saves he goes there, tap-in goal. The cross is coming, he anticipates the first post, header, goal.

He suggested having Hernandez to bring from the bench would have resulted in 10 to 15 extra points a season.

While Welbeck is someone you couldn't imagine having a regular place in the side if he had stayed, the wee Mexican would have been extremely handy to have around getting his face onto the odd cross and inexplicably scoring hat-tricks in games he isn't playing particularly well in.


If there was one thing United needed at home in the league last season, it was a clinical finisher. The chances were created, but Tom Heaton and Lee Grant were paying homage to the original Old Trafford game-raiser, Brad Friedel, and when they weren't, the post and some shocking finishing were to blame.

However, as much as Jose's comments were said with regret back in April, it appears as though that mistake is very easy to undo now.


According to Bild in Germany, Bayer Leverkusen have made it known that Javier Hernandez is available for around £20m. Back in Mexico they are saying the fee is as low as £13m, but the point is that the club are ready to let him go and he accepts that it's time to move on.


Manchester United are pursuing Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, but have their balls in a vice when it comes to the fee. If Mourinho actually was sitting there thinking about how much he'd like to have Chicharito in the squad, then he could just go and get him.

You know Hernandez would be open to it, the United fans still adore him, and although he had a dip in form for Leverkusen last season, you know exactly what you would get from him.

It won't happen, it's likely not even being considered, and that highlights the fact that Jose Mourinho is not shy to talk nonsense, just for shits and giggles. His 'us against the world' attitude when dealing with the media can be rousing for the supporters when it's justifiable, but when it's not, it doesn't come across well. He's criticised his attacking players, that can cause problems, as he should know by now.


He's on the right track at Old Trafford. As much as rival fans will look to mock the lack of goals, and the inability to there are clear signs of improvement in many key areas under the Portuguese. The transfer dealings thus far in particular, but he's come out with some bizarre stuff in the press.

If a club like West Ham had any sense they'd fire up the fax machine and create a potential 'buddy-cop' spin-off comedy film-worthy strike partnership of Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez. Carroll & Chich, they could call it. Alas, Chicharito could end up in China, or even the MLS.

I won't go as far as Dean Saunders did and say United should have signed Jermaine Defoe because he's proven in the Premier League and Morata isn't, but if Mourinho wants his extra 10 to 15 points a season, they are available. If he doesn't, then quit moaning.



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