Jose Mourinho says Javier Hernandez would solve Man Utd's goalscoring problems

(L) of Leverkusen and of Tottenham battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Tottenham Hotspur FC
Image: Javier Hernandez left Manchester United for Bayer Leverkusen

Jose Mourinho says Javier Hernandez would already have 20 goals this season if he was still a Manchester United player.

United are 20 matches unbeaten in the Premier League but have drawn half of those, and their tally of 43 goals is 10 lower than any other side in the top seven.

Mourinho is on record as saying he would have kept Hernandez, who was sold to Bayer Leverkusen during Louis van Gaal's time in charge.

The United boss, speaking at his Friday press briefing, admitted signing a new striker this summer is an option and again brought up the Mexican's name unprompted.

"We have some players that are not really players in love with the goal," he said. "They are good players, they are creative players, they can create, but naturally they are not the kind of guy that is a killer.

"I give you a simple example. In the way we play at Old Trafford, in the way we dominate opponents in the way we play in their box, I think Chicharito would have 20 goals easy. Even coming from the bench for the last 10 or 20 minutes, he will have 20 goals.

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"He is a guy that naturally the ball comes, rebound here, rebounds there, boom - goal. The goalkeeper saves, he goes there, tap in - goal. The cross is coming, he anticipates the first post header - goal.

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"And not even coming from the bench, we have this kind of player that scores 10, 15 goals and gives you 10 or 15 more points.

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"We play well, most of the time, not always obviously, but we play well, we create a lot, we don't score enough goals for the way we play and the teams that come to Old Trafford."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has bucked the goal-shy trend at United with 27 in his first season, but the 35-year-old is yet to commit to another year.

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Asked if an experienced striker was on his shopping list Mourinho said: "I cannot buy a striker more experience than Zlatan!

"We have Marcus Rashford. We believe in Marcus, that's no doubt. Are we going to buy a striker? Maybe, maybe."

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