Juan Mata voices support for Javier Hernandez at Manchester United

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Despite strong links to Liverpool and Inter Milan, some Manchester United players want longtime Red Devil Javier Hernandez to stay.

Chicharito spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, and while he came on strong in the second half of the season, he was never given ample opportunity to grab a foothold on the first team. Hernandez struggled to find playing time at Old Trafford before his loan as well, and it’s thought he may do so again this year should he stay.

But midfielder Juan Mata has voiced his support for Chicharito through the Manchester Evening News, saying, “Chicharito still belongs to Manchester United and selfishly I’d like him to be with us. He has scored goals in every team he has played in and is a very smart striker.

Mata spoke highly not just of Hernandez’s on-field scoring abilities, but also about his personality off the pitch. “Chicharito is a great friend. When I arrived to Manchester he behaved great with me. He is a great person and a great professional. I’ve been lucky enough to share a dressing room with Chicharito, whom I admire.”

Hernandez scored seven goals in 23 La Liga appearances last season, plus one more in eight Champions League matches. Four of those seven league goals came in the final eight games of the season as Real Madrid pushed unsuccessfully to challenge Barcelona at the top of the table.

Multiple outlets, including Italy’s TuttoMercatoWeb, have linked Chicharito to Liverpool as well as Italian duo Juventus and Inter. It would seem odd that Brendan Rodgers would be interested in Hernandez considering the club has already bought Roberto Firmino for a huge price and took Danny Ings on a free transfer as well. Juventus could use a player like Hernandez after losing Carlos Tevez, although they have also spent plenty of money this window on a striker in Mario Mandzukic. After a quiet transfer season last year, Inter has spent big on Geoffry Kondogbia and Xherdan Shaqiri, but a striker could be a massive improvement for a team currently left crossing its fingers that Mauro Icardi can replicate his big season.