Juan Mata has given Manchester United some transfer advice for the summer ahead: don’t sell Javier Hernandez.
The Mexican spent last season on-loan at La Liga giants Real Madrid after realising that first-team opportunities at Old Trafford were going to be limited after the arrival of Radamel Falcao.
Hernandez is set to report for pre-season training with United next month after Los Blancos decided to turn down the chance of signing him on a permanent basis.
His time in Spain was somewhat hit and miss as he failed to establish himself in the starting XI ahead of Karim Benzema, however, he did score the winner in the Champions League quarter-final second leg tie against bitter rivals Atletico at the Santiago Bernabeu.
United boss Louis van Gaal hinted in April that Hernandez doesn’t have a future at the club [via Eurosport] and that has seen him linked with a shock move to fierce rivals Liverpool [via Express Sport].
However, despite those rumours, Mata is keen to see the striker at Old Trafford next season.
“Chicharito still belongs to Manchester United and selfishly I’d like him to be with us,” he said [via Goal].
“He has scored goals in every team he has played in and is a very smart striker.”
“Chicharito is a great friend. When I arrived to Manchester he behaved great with me. He is a great person and a great professional. I’ve been lucky enough to share a dressing room with Chicharito, whom I admire,” Mata added.
United have been linked with many big-name strikers this summer, but clearly Mata feels Hernandez would be the best fit up front for Van Gaal’s side.