Sanchez urges Arsenal to sign Hernandez – report
Alexis Sanchez has urged Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to sign Javier Hernandez in the January transfer window, according to Don Balon.
Hernandez joined Bayer Leverkusen this summer after being deemed surplus to requirements at Manchester United by Louis van Gaal.
The Mexican has flourished since moving to Germany, scoring 22 goals in 21 appearances in all competitions for club and country this term.
Sanchez, who is currently injured, has been impressed by Hernandez and wants Arsenal to sign him in January.
Hernandez was a fans’ favourite at United prior to his departure and it would come as a bitter blow if he joined and did well at Arsenal.
The potential move would compound the misery supporters have felt over Hernandez as he continues to score goals for Bayer while United struggle in front of goal. The hope is that Louis van Gaal has one or two targets of his own lined up as United are in desperate need of some attacking impetus.
With 2015 coming to an end in rather catastrophic fashion, it is difficult to say what 2016 has in store for Manchester United.
A year that has started promisingly has petered out in the worst possible way, with Louis Van Gaal’s side entering the new year outside the top four and nine points behind the league leaders after being top of the table a month ago.
With the Premier League season at its halfway mark, WhoScored.com has summed up United’s first half of the campaign with numbers.
Manchester United have ended 2015 on a downbeat note after a dismal December has seen them embark on their worst run of form in 26 years.
United have failed to score in five of their last eight home games, have not found the back of the net in their last three consecutive Premier League games and have not won in their last eight games in all competitions.
Jesse Lingard has hailed the impact Ryan Giggs has had with his development this season.
Following a couple of loan spells at Championship clubs last season, Lingard, a product of United’s academy, has been given the chance to establish himself at Old Trafford this season and has seized the chance, making 11 appearances so far.
December tends to be the time when resolutions for the upcoming year are put in place and the events of the last 12 months are often reassessed.
However, Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United are unlikely to dwell for too long on what this year delivered and will in fact want to bid it as swift a farewell as possible.
Chris Smalling is confident that Manchester United can put their dismal run to an end and kick on after a much improved display against Chelsea on Monday.
United extended their winless run to eight games in all competitions and recorded their sixth goalless draw at Old Trafford this season, but the England international insisted back-to-back home games against Swansea and Sheffield United were the perfect chance to get back to winning ways.
Louis Van Gaal is not going to change his methods but can still turn things around at Manchester United, according to Chris Smalling.
The Dutchman has looked on borrowed time since a dismal December has seen United go eight games without a win in all competition, scoring just once in their last four Premier League games against Bournemouth, Norwich, Stoke and Chelsea.
Chris Smalling has admitted his teammates and him are playing for their future as the uncertainty surrounding Louis Van Gaal’s destiny lingers on.
United recorded an eight consecutive game without a win on Monday as they were held 0-0 at home by Chelsea, although their improved performance offered a glimmer of hope to fans and players alike.