Spanish giants target Old Trafford duo.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is eyeing up a double Old Trafford raid as he looks to regain the impetus in the La Liga title chase. The Bernabeu boss has set his sights on Spanish keeper David de Gea and Mexican international striker Javier Hernandez, two players who are finding it tough to secure a regular spot in Sir Alex Ferguson’s first team set-up.
Mourinho has seen his side struggle to get a good run of form going domestically and have already fallen some eight points off the pace and the Portuguese boss believes he needs to bring in more strength in depth in certain areas to help get the most out of his squad.
Virtual ever present custodian Iker Casillas has, by his own very high standards, not had the best of starts to the season and this has led to Real Madrid’s interest in young Man United keeper David de Gea, which in turn has led to speculation about a potential return to the Spanish capital for the former Atletico Madrid man.
The young keeper dropped a few clangers in the early periods of his Man United career but grew in confidence as he adjusted to life in the English top tier, however this didn’t prevent the 21 year old losing a grip in the starting spot in Ferguson’s plans. Indeed De Gea has made four starts out of eight Premier League matches thus far this term as he shares duties with Dane Anders Lindegaard.
Therefore there is a very real possibility of interest from Real Madrid tempting the young United keeper and clearly the La Liga side have happily brought in big Man United stars to the Bernabeu in the past and Mourinho may be confident of repeating the feat.
For a side of Real Madrid’s calibre Mourinho has fairly few striking options to turn to, indeed currently he has just two recognised senior strikers, Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema. Whilst this is less of a problem given the goal threat that Cristiano Ronaldo poses, it clearly means that the Portuguese superstar is relied upon too heavily to deliver the goods.
Mourinho is reportedly a big admirer or Javier Hernandez and will look to lure the 24 year old to Real Madrid with the promise of a better chance as securing regular first team football, and again the Mexican, like De Gea, may be tempted by just such a switch.
Chicharito had a fantastic first term at Old Trafford, netting 20 goals and helping Ferguson’s side to a Premier League title. His second term was not as successful and his third had been something of a damp squib up until his two goal salvo against Braga last night.
Indeed Hernandez has made just one Premier League start this term and finds himself behind Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney vying for a central striking role and unlike youngster Danny Welbeck, who excels in a wide position, Chicharito is somewhat hamstrung by his one-dimensional role.
Sir Alex Ferguson enjoys a good relationship with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho but that may by neither a help or hindrance as the Real Madrid ‘Special One’ sets his sights on the Man United pair.
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