Manchester United may have to resist interest from Spanish giants Barcelona for Mexican striker Javier Hernandez in the January transfer window, the Express reports.

Barcelona have emerged as one of the clubs tracking clinical Hernandez in a bid to take him away from Old Trafford where he is struggling for regular starts in the first team.

The Mexican striker who is also known as Chicharito (Spanish for ‘Little Pea’), has fallen further down the striking pecking order this season following the signing of Dutchman Robin van Persie in the summer who’s form since arriving has been excellent.

Hernandez arrived in Manchester in 2010 and enjoyed a hugely successful debut season with the Red Devils. He caused defences problems with his  pace, movement and finishing ability, scoring 20 goals in all competitions.

His second season however wasn’t so spectacular due to a number of injuries and the form of England international Danny Wellbeck.

Spanish site fichajes.net suggests Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova is looking to cover for the potential loss of David Villa who looks to be edging closer to the Nou Camp exit.

The same source also claims the Spanish club are willing to offer  £15million for Hernandez, which would be more than double the £6million Sir Alex Ferguson paid for him.

However the United chief will be intent on keeping his striker who has a knack of coming off the bench to win games and score key goals. He is also fully aware of the importance of squad depth and will be keen to quash these rumours as soon as possible.