Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has slammed the club over the sale of Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, saying the Mexican “would have scored 20 goals easy” with current squad. Chicharito played with the Red Devils from 2010 to 2015, before being deemed not good enough by Louis Van Gaal and sold to Bayer Leverkusen.
During the pre-match press conference today before the match against Sunderland, the Portuguese opened up about his side’s lack of scoring. “We have good players, they are creative players, they can create, but they are not the kind of guy that is naturally a killer,” Mourinho said. Then he went on to give a bold statement, saying, “In the way we play at Old Trafford, in the way we dominate opponents, in the way we play in the box, I think Chicharito would have scored 20 goals easy.”
United have been struggling to score goals this season, especially at home. They have only managed 43 goals in 29 matches so far, the least amount the top seven clubs with even Everton scoring 10 more goals than them. Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hit for double digits for the Red Devils in the Premier League this term. Speaking about Ibrahimovic, Mourinho said, “I think Zlatan’s number of goals is a number for every striker.”
Since leaving United for just £7.3 million in summer of 2015, Chicharito has scored 27 goals in 50 appearances for Leverkusen in all competitions. During his time in United, he managed 37 goals in 103 games. Meanwhile, this isn’t the first time Mourinho has spoken out against the sale of former players. Last month, the Portuguese stated he’d have never sold the likes of Angel Di Maria, Chicharito, and Danny Welbeck.