The perfect storm has brewed for Javier Hernandez since his move from Old Trafford last summer – he has been prolific while United have floundered.
Louis van Gaal has attempted to justify the now infamous sale of Chicharito, claiming that the club were better off without the competition for striking positions that the likes of the Mexican and Robin van Persie provided.
Unfortunately for the Red Devils, this season has represented their worst run in front of goal for decades.
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Granted, Javier Hernandez’ form prior to joining German side Bayer Leverkusen was lacklustre, but his exploits upon arrival have been nothing short of astounding.
The 27-year-old has scored 17 goals in his last 14 games for Leverkusen – outscoring the Red Devils in that two month period. Chicharito has hit the net in five straight games, and has 19 goals in 22 games in all competitions since joining the Bundesliga side.
LVG though, has his reasons for allowing half his strikeforce to leave in one fell swoop. That Chicha’s lack of game-time in favour of Wayne Rooney and co. would have curtailed his potential is acknowledged by LVG.
“We could have kept all the strikers, but then there would have been a lot of strikers in the stand. They are not happy then”, van Gaal asserted.
“They want to go away. It is the story of Hernandez for example. He wants to play, I can imagine that he can’t always play in this world. There are now players in my selection who want to play. They cannot play because I choose another player. That is always like that.”
“Too many strikers of high quality for the same position is too much pressure. I don’t believe too much in competition. I believe in trust and confidence. Maybe that is wrong but I have done it all my life as a manager. I give trust to the players.”