Jose Mourinho explains why Man United didn’t sign 29-year-old striker

The Manchester United manager explains why the Red Devils didn't move to re-sign Javier Hernandez

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Jose Mourinho has explained why Manchester United didn’t challenge West Ham United for the signing of Javier Hernandez.

The Red Devils spent £75m on Everton striker Romelu Lukaku to bring in the Belgium international despite interest from Premier League champions Chelsea.

Lukaku scored 25 times in 36 games in the Premier League last season to finish behind Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane in the goal-scoring charts.

West Ham signed former Manchester United striker Hernandez in a £16m deal to break the club’s transfer record.

Mourinho has previously spoken in glowing terms about the Mexico international and even questioned his predecessor’s decision to sell the prolific goal-scorer.

However, the current Manchester United manager explained why he wasn’t tempted to re-sign Hernandez in the current transfer window despite the Mexican’s qualities.

“No [we were not interested], because he left the club a few years ago. I am not sure that it was his decision or the manager’s decision,” Mourinho told his media conference in Washington.

“But he’s a good player, he’s a player that will always score goals, so he is a player I would always welcome in my squad because he doesn’t need many minutes on the pitch to score a goal.

“But we moved in another direction and a younger player in [Romelu] Lukaku. We have [Marcus] Rashford that can be also a striker, he is originally a striker, so we didn’t feel that need.

“But no doubt that for West Ham to get a player with his experience and his quality is very, very good.”

Manchester United sold Hernandez to Bayer Leverkusen in an £8m deal in 2015 after Louis van Gaal deemed the centre-forward surplus to requirements.

The Red Devils have signed Victor Lindelof and Lukaku in the summer transfer window so far.

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