The transfer window remains open, and Man United still lack depth up top. In an interesting turn of events, Javier Hernandez has offered to play for them for free.
Erik ten Hag arrived at Old Trafford with a massive point to prove. After conquering the Eredivisie with his beloved Ajax on three separate occasions, it looked like he had the potential to guide the club back to its glory days.
And following a stunning pre-season, this momentum only grew. United battered Liverpool 4-0 en route to putting together a run of four unbeaten games. However, the romance of Australia and Thailand could only last so long before reality set in. Regardless of their positive summer, those games have little meaning. And following an opening day defeat against Brighton, the optimism of the supporters has come crashing down to the ground.
That’s not to say Ten Hag can’t turn things around, but it’s going to take a lot of time. The squad still lacks the quality of Liverpool and Manchester City, and with a shortage of strikers, it’s unclear where the goals will come from. However, if the club want to give themselves a fighting chance, they could take their former star up on his offer.
Javier Hernandez offers to play for Man United for free
In 2010, a rapid Mexican rose to global fame through his incredible showings at Guadalajara. His ability to find space, burst past defenders and put the ball in the back of the net caught the attention of the great Sir Alex Ferguson, and the man known as ‘Chicharito’ soon found himself on a flight to Manchester.
His happy demeanour and cheerful attitude made him a popular player among the fans. However, it was his performances that really propelled him into stardom. In 157 appearances, he bagged 59 goals and helped United win two Premier League titles.
In 2014, his time at The Theatre of Dreams came to an end. However, in a twist, it looks like the door to a comeback never truly closed. In a recent interview, he opened up on the possibility of another spell at United.
In an interview that you can watch above, he said: “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.”
Hernandez has now hit the age of 34, but like many greats, he’s ageing like a fine wine. His showings this season have helped LA Galaxy storm to the top of the MLS Western Conference with his eye on another championship medal.
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