Jose Mourinho Wishes Manchester United Still Had Javier Hernandez

Mourinho confirmed United are looking at strikers, making his unprompted mention of Bayer Leverkusen's Hernandez intriguing - especially having recently admitted he would never have sold him.

Moyes, now in charge of Sunderland, is preparing the Black Cats to take on United on Sunday afternoon afternoon but endured a miserable time at Old Trafford in 2013/14, and ended up being sacked before the end of the season following a succession of disappointing results.

"Many goalkeepers become phenomenal at Old Trafford, so give credit to the goalkeepers".

Sixth place in the table, facing a third season in four without Champions League qualification through the league and not scoring enough goals to threaten the teams above them is not a good position for Manchester United to be in.

Could Hernandez return to Old Trafford?

"They are good players, they are creative players, they can create, but naturally they are not the kind of guy that is a killer", Mourinho is quoted as saying by Sky Sports as he lamented a lack of goals.

"He is the guy that naturally the ball comes here, rebound here, rebounds there, boom, goal". "It's not a problem of quality at all, it's luck". The cross is coming, he anticipates the first-post header, goal. "I think for all the others, no one has reached that level". "Maybe. But we believe in Marcus (Rashford), no doubt", he added. "We can be criticised for paying so much, but we'd also be criticised if we lost a young English player made in the academy".

The lucrative nature of the contract to a player who has only 32 league starts for the club in total has led to questions asking if players can retain their hunger on such riches.

Mourinho is aware of United's tradition of promoting young talent and insists he is not averse, as is often suggested, to giving developing players a chance in the first team. "We need to improve our squad, our football is not bad but we are very far from where I would like us to be", he says.

Speaking at his press conference The Special One said: "I give you a simple example".

  • Julie Sanders