Louis van Gaal hints at a Manchester United future for West Ham-linked Javier Hernandez

The Mexican spent last season on loan at Real Madrid but may yet have a role to play at Old Trafford.

Javier Hernandez has been recently linked with an £8 million switch to West Ham United, by the likes of the Daily Mail, but Louis van Gaal has hinted that an exit may not be on the cards for the Manchester United striker after all.

In quotes published on the club’s official website, Van Gaal said: "At the time we had to decide which strikers we could have. We had: Welbeck, Chicharito, van Persie and Wilson. Then I had to make a decision to let Welbeck and Chicharito go. We had also bought Falcao."

Robin van Persie has since been sold, while Radamel Falcao’s loan was never extended, leaving United with James Wilson and Wayne Rooney as the only senior strikers, as things stand.

The return of Hernandez would surely be welcome, yet rumours surrounding his departure have persisted. Van Gaal appeared to offer hope for his future however, adding: "So when you play a system with one or two strikers you can have too many strikers. You have to make decisions. One of those decisions was to let go Chicharito. But now he's coming back on 25 July."

The 27-year old has shown his goal-scoring ability since his arrival in 2010 but has never really received the appreciation his return has deserved.

Despite averaging more than a goal every three games – 37 in 102 appearances – Hernandez has never been able to nail down a starting spot at United.

His goal return is even more impressive considering he was often used as a substitute under Sir Alex Ferguson and it begs the question of how prolific he could be if given an extended run in the team.

Where he will ply his trade next season remains a mystery, but whoever ends up registering Javier Hernandez come September 2nd, will be a better side for it. 

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