Javier Hernandez offers to play for free for Manchester United amidst centre-forward shortage
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez has claimed that he’d be open to playing for Manchester United again. The Mexican has offered up his services amidst the shortage of centre-forwards at Old Trafford.
Chicharito joined United back in 2010 from Mexican club Deportivo Guadalajara. The 34-year-old became a fan favourite under Sir Alex Ferguson. He scored some crucial goals in a red shirt.
Speaking to The Mirror, the former Red Devil left the door open for United to pursue him. But for the time being, Chicharito claims he’s focused on succeeding at LA Galaxy.
“If United came for me then I’d say ‘yes, I’ll play for free.’ Of course, you know, I’d do that.
“But I also want to be very respectful to my club. I am playing very consistently and in my mind my conviction is all about winning a championship with LA Galaxy.
“In the future, if things happen then they happen – but in my mind I am 100 percent with LA.”
The Mexico international’s influence dwindled after Fergie left the United dugout. He then left on loan to Real Madrid for a season, where Chicharito was also a delight for the fans.
Hernandez parted ways with United in 2015 and joined Bayer Leverkusen. The Mexican was an influential player for the Bundesliga club as well.
The 34-year-old has also had spells with West Ham United and Sevilla. In 2020, Chicharito joined Galaxy. The former Red Devils’ MLS stint has also been successful.
United are in need of quality up front. Cristiano Ronaldo’s future is still uncertain. Our other forwards performed below par in the previous campaign. We have quality, but the players seem to have lost confidence.
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Before United even consider Chicharito, the club needs to go after a proven and lethal striker. Maybe then we can think about a homecoming for the Mexican star. The 2022/23 season is going to be a long one. The Red Devils need to add more strength in depth to be prepared for unforeseen problems like injuries and suspensions.