Lost amid the furore of Louis van Gaal’s quotes about Victor Valdes which seemed to draw most attention at Wednesday’s press conference was a telling comment about the future of Javier Hernandez – ‘Chicharito’.
United have been linked with a number of strikers since Falcao’s loan was not renewed and the club let go Robin van Persie and Angelo Henriquez, while Will Keane also left on loan.
It was also heavily rumoured that Chicharito would follow, but van Gaal’s comments in the US suggest that the Mexican may still have a future at United. He clarified why he allowed Hernandez to leave in the first place.
‘At the time (last summer), we have to decide which strikers we could have at Manchester United,’ said van Gaal. ‘We have already four strikers. We have Welbeck, we have Chicharito, we have Van Persie, we have Wilson. 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 make decisions, and I let Chicharito go but now he is coming back.’
Hernandez has scored 59 times in 154 games for United, though just 85 of those appearances were from the start and the other 69 from the bench. He scored nine times for Real Madrid last season on loan.