Louis Van Gaal told former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez that he was surplus to requirements at Old Trafford last summer. It has been a major gripe amongst Manchester United supporters this season that the Iron Tulip let Chicharito leave the club.
Over the last few months, United have been struggling for goals, while the Mexican was busy winning Bundesliga Player of the Month for November. When the Red Devils were dumped out of the Champions League last week, Hernandez was scoring against Barcelona. When they lost to Bournemouth over the weekend, Chicharito scored a hat-trick for Bayer Leverkusen.
According to the Irish Independent, LVG had very little time for the striker.
“I spoke with Van Gaal and he said that I only had a one per cent chance of playing in my position, so I headed to Bayer.
“I felt confident from the very first day. I feel important, not just because of my goals, but because I feel that I’ll start every game”.
Leaving Old Trafford was not an option he wanted to take, but one he felt he had to take. Nonetheless, he fondly remembers his time in England.
“I was extremely lucky to be the first [Mexican] player to move to one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“I had a great time there. I had an incredible start, full of opportunities, although those opportunities dwindled over time and things took a turn for the worse.
“I’m so grateful to [Alex] Ferguson. I think he’s the best there’s ever been, especially his squad management skills.
“Every player had his place. A squad player could still play 15 games a season. He opened the door to Europe for me and I won two league titles there.”
This seems all the more astounding considering United are badly struggling for goals in the past number of weeks. Meanwhile Hernandez, who is a proven goalscorer, has been on fire.