Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho bemoans Chicharito sale


Mourinho’s predecessor Louis van Gaal offloaded ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez in the summer of 2015 for just £7.3million after the Mexican was allowed to join Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Goals have been an issue for United this season, with Mourinho’s men the lowest scorers among the Premier League’s top six and only Zlatan Ibrahimovic hitting double figures.

If Hernandez was still at Old Trafford, Mourinho is convinced that the 28-year-old would have netted at least 20 goals for the club.

"We have good players, they are creative players, they can create, but they are not the kind of guy that is naturally a killer," Mourinho said.

"I give a simple example - in the way we play at Old Trafford, in the way we dominate opponents, in the way we play in the box, I think Chicharito would have scored 20 goals easy.

"Even coming from the bench for the last 10 or 20 minutes, he would have 20 goals.

"He is the guy that naturally the ball comes here, rebound here, rebounds there, boom, goal.

"The goalkeeper saves, he goes there, boom, goal. The cross is coming, he anticipates the first-post header, goal.

"I think Zlatan's number of goals [27] is a number for every striker.

"I think all the others, and I am not just speaking about the strikers, I am speaking about the attacking players with freedom, they have to always reach a certain number of goals which, when added between them, means a lot of victories, a lot of points, but no-one has reached that level."