Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez might not have to find a new team after all.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said Thursday that Hernandez will remain with the Red Devils this season, rather than plying his trade elsewhere. Van Gaal delivered his surprising news at his pregame press conference ahead of Manchester United’s Friday visit to Aston Villa in the Premier League.
Van Gaal on Javier Hernandez: "Rooney is the striker and Chicharito is the second striker. He knows that." #mufc—
Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 13, 2015
Hernandez was widely expected to leave Manchester United this summer after spending the last two seasons as a squad player with the Red Devils or on loan at Real Madrid. However, Manchester United’s decisions not to sign Radamel Falcao from Monaco and to sell Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce created fresh room in van Gaal’s squad for Hernandez to claim.
Van Gaal announced last month that Wayne Rooney will be his main striker. Many predicted Manchester United would sign a world-class striker in the current transfer window to rival Rooney, but none has arrived yet.
Hernandez missed Manchester United’s season-opening win over Tottenham last Saturday as he recovers from a broken collarbone he suffered in July. He might return before the end of the month.
Inter Milan, West Ham, Tottenham, Torino and at least one MLS club reportedly have pursued Hernandez in recent months, but none have offered enough to convince Manchester United to part ways with the Mexican striker.
Apparently Hernandez’s Old Trafford career now is back on track following a few wayward years.
Thumbnail photo via Twitter/@ILouisVanGaal