Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on bringing striker Javier Hernandez back to Manchester United.

According to Fred Nathan of the Sun, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is weighing up attacking options in the summer window, and has identified Javier Hernandez as the man to lead the line for the Red Devils next season.

The 28-year-old is no stranger to the Manchester club as he plied his trade there under then manager Sir Alex Ferguson for three years. The Scot roped in a relatively unearthed gem at the time who helped guide United to a league triumph in 2010/11.

Despite not having the physicality to cope with life in the Premier League, Hernandez’s skill on the ball and his movement off it made him a terror for defenders. He found spaces from even the narrowest of gaps, and the defenders often ran out second best while trying to outwit them.

At the end of the 2013/14 season, Hernandez moved on a season-long loan move to Real Madrid, who had an option to make it a permanent deal come the end of the season. Despite him finding the net on seven occasions in the league, Real opted against signing him.

The then Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal wanted nothing to do with Hernandez, and he was eventually shipped off to German outfit Bayer Leverkusen, where he has continued his prolific goal scoring exploits.

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 03: Javier Hernandez of Leverkusen misses a penalty during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and SC Freiburg at BayArena on December 3, 2016 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY – DECEMBER 03: Javier Hernandez of Leverkusen misses a penalty during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and SC Freiburg at BayArena on December 3, 2016 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo Courtesy: Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Now, the Red Devils are looking to bring back the Mexican to Old Trafford as their star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unlikely to play for them again. The Swede tore his ACL, and is expected to be out until the end of the year.

He joined United on a one-year deal with an option to extend it to another season, but it is unlikely that the club would want him now, as he is expected to miss one half of the 2017/18 campaign through injury.

Marcus Rashford is seen as his replacement, but he has often been used in a wide position this season. While Mourinho is expected to use him in a central position in the future, he would be looking for a striker that has Premier League experience and that can guarantee him goals.

Whether or not Hernandez will want a return to Old Trafford is up for debate, but Mourinho will intensively persuade the player if he is keen on signing him.

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