Javier Hernandez could still have a future at Manchester United as he is set to be given a chance to stake his claim to be involved in manager Louis van Gaal’s plans for the upcoming season, Manchester Evening News reports.
The Mexican striker spent last year on-loan at La Liga giants Real Madrid after being deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford following the arrival of Radamel Falcao.
However, with van Gaal deciding against turning the Colombian international’s loan spell into a permanent one [via Guardian Sport] and the departure of Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce earlier in the summer [via BBC Sport], Hernandez is one of just three recognized centre-forwards left at the club.
His last appearance in a United shirt came in the humiliating 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat by MK Dons last August, and he is in line to play some part in the Red Devils’ latest pre-season fixture against the reigning Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday in the US.
Hernandez started just seven league games for Los Blancos last season and the highlight of his time in Spain was scoring the winner against their fierce local rivals Atletico in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg tie at the Santiago Bernabeu back in April.
That goal was not enough to convince Madrid to sign him on a permanent basis and it also appeared that he was set to leave Old Trafford following comments from van Gaal in the aftermath of that game [via Eurosport].
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A shock move to United’s bitter rivals Liverpool had been mooted earlier in the summer [via Independent Sport] as Reds manager Brendan Rodgers appeared to be in the transfer market for a new striker after seeing his side struggle in front of goal during a disappointing 2014-15 campaign for the club.
However, the arrival of Christian Benteke for £32.5 million from Aston Villa [via Sky Sports] has put an end to talk of Hernandez joining the Anfield outfit, and it now seems the 27-year-old will be given a second chance to prove himself at the Theatre of Dreams.