Jose Mourinho has claimed that Javier Hernandez would have scored 20 goals for Manchester United if he was still at the club.

The Mexican striker scored 20 goals in his first season at United but Louis van Gaal sold the striker after loaning him out to Real Madrid for a season. He’s scored 38 goals in 72 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen over the past two seasons in Germany.

We have some players that are not really in love with the ball, you know. They are good players and they are creative players. They can create but, naturally, they are not the kind of guy that is a killer.

I give you a simple example: in the way we play at Old Trafford, in the way we dominate opponents, in the way we play in their box, I think Chicharito would have 20 goals easily, even coming from the bench for the last 10 or 20 minutes. He’d have 20 goals.

He’s a guy that, naturally, when the ball rebounds here or there, boom, goal. The goalkeeper saves, he goes there – tap-in, goal. A cross is coming, he anticipates at the first [near] post – header, goal. And not even coming from the bench, we have this kind of player that scores 10 or 15 goals and gives you 10 or 15 more points. We play well most of the time – not always, obviously – we create but don’t score enough goals for the way we play.

Chicharito has responded well to this praise, liking a tweet which discussed Mourinho’s remarks.