Chicharito spoke to Rory Smith of The Times about his relationship with Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal and his time at the club.
Since his move from Manchester United last summer, Javier Hernandez has lit up the Bundesliga as the star of Bayer Leverkusen.
The Mexican has just earned his third Bundesliga Player of the Month award, and his latest brace against Hannover 96 were his 17th and 18th goals in his last 16 games in all appearances for Bayer Leverkusen. Remarkable stuff, all round.
So much so, that current United manager Louis van Gaal has come in for severe, sustained criticism for letting the striker leave as the Red Devils have struggled in front of goal all season in his absence.
In hindsight, it looks like the mightiest of howlers.
Chicharito has attributed his sensational form to getting regular game-time though, and he was famed at Old Trafford for his ‘super-sub’ role (much like club legend Ole Gunnar Solksjaer).
I think he [Ole] was happy with that role. People thought I was, too, but I wasn’t. I was not happy being on the bench.
Van Gaal was to originally indulge Hernandez’s desire for 90 minutes, but informed him in August that he would not do so. Far from resenting the Dutchman, it was this honesty before the end of the summer transfer window that Chicha is grateful to him for.
“He [LVG] was honest,” he explained to Smith.
“In the first few weeks, he spoke to me and said he saw a good future, that I would have more chances than normal. It made me feel I could play. But then, after the start of the season, he told me he was thinking Wazza would be his No 1.
“He said I would be No 2, but that the reality was that if Wazza got injured or was out for any reason, when he came back he would play [no matter how well I had done].
It was 99 per cent likely I would not be first choice.
He was clear. That was his idea, and we have to be respectful of that. We decided that if a good offer came, I would take it.”
The full, revealing interview is well worth a read.