Manchester United have reportedly decided against letting Javier Hernandez leave Old Trafford this summer, and now plan to use the Mexican as the club’s second striker, the Daily Star claim.
The 27-year-old’s career with the Red Devils appeared to be over after Louis van Gaal let him leave on loan last season. And despite doing a decent job with Real Madrid, the Manchester Evening News claimed earlier in the summer that he was free to leave, which prompted interest from West Ham, Tottenham, and Torino, while an MLS switch was also being mooted (via Star).
However, with the new season already underway, van Gaal appears keen to ensure that he does not lose another forward, having already let Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao move on. Had Hernandez left, the Dutchman would have only had Wayne Rooney to call upon.
The news may disappoint some United fans as it could be suggested that this means that van Gaal is not looking to add another striker before the end of the window. However, Hernandez was very impressive during his first season in the Premier League, and though things haven’t quite worked out since, there is no doubt that he still has the ability to get into the right position, and take the chances that come his way.