Man Utd transfers: Cult hero says he would return for free

Javier Hernandez admitted he would return Manchester United and play for free if you get the chance.

United started the 2022/23 season miserably with a 2-1 home defeat to Brighton on Sunday.

If that wasn’t disappointing enough, they were then linked with 33-year-old Marko Arnautovic as a potential Cristiano Ronaldo replacement.

The deal for Arnautovic is now off but it’s clear that Erik ten Hag is looking for a temporary striker with doubts over Ronaldo’s future.

How about fan favorite Hernandez?

Where is Javier Hernandez now?

The 34-year-old currently plays in MLS for LA Galaxy, scoring 29 goals in 57 appearances for the American club.

The Mexican spent several successful years at Old Trafford, scoring 59 goals despite being limited to largely substitute appearances.

But when asked if he would consider returning to the Theater of Dreams, ‘Chicharito’ insisted he would perform for absolutely nothing.

“If United came for me, I would say ‘yes, I’ll play for free’. Of course, you know, I would do that,” he said.

“But I also want to be very respectful to my club. I play very regularly and in my mind, my belief is to win a championship with LA Galaxy.

“Going forward, if things happen, they happen – but in my mind, I’m 100 per cent with LA.”

Although he is clearly willing to play for free, would Hernandez still be able to play at the highest level?

Well, we saw how good Hernandez is consistently in the MLS All-Star Challenge. The MLS All-Star Challenge pits 10 of MLS’s greatest players against 10 marquee players from LIGA MX in five events. The challenge took place on Tuesday night with MLS overcoming their Mexican opponents.

And Hernandez was a big part of the MLS win.

He took part in the ‘Cross & volley challenge’ where he scored three goals within the time limit – while also pulling off some rather acrobatic attempts. He certainly showed no signs of aging as he launched into overhead kicks and showed brilliant technique for hitting volleys.

VIDEO: Hernandez impresses in ‘Cross & Volley Challenge’

Hernandez then won the competition for his team by hitting the crossbar in the “Crossbar Challenge”.

VIDEO: Hernandez wins MLS All-Star Challenge for his team

He could certainly still do some work at United and, the fact that he is ready to play for free, must tempt Ten Hag to make an offer.

Whether that’s a possibility remains to be seen, but you can’t see many United fans unhappy with the return of a cult hero.

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