Rio Ferdinand has been discussing former teammate Javier Hernández’s struggles during his time at Manchester United.
The Mexican international striker has been in fantastic form since swapping the Premier League for the Bundesliga in 2015, scoring 33 goals in 49 games in all competitions for Bayer Leverkusen.
His four year spell at Old Trafford, however, was not as fruitful – despite having a decent strike rate of 59 goals in 157 games – roughly a goal every 2.5 games – and he found first team opportunities hard to come by.
Ferdinand was on punditry duty for Leverkusen’s Champions League fixture against Tottenham at the BayArena on Tuesday night when he was asked why he felt Hernández never really fulfilled his potential at the club:
“I think at Manchester United he always felt there was someone else in front of him.
“There was a Wayne Rooney, a Robin Van Persie, there were strikers that he felt were always going to be number one no matter what he did.”
The 28-year-old made 49 Premier League starts at the club before being loaned to Real Madrid by Louis van Gaal in the summer of 2014, and then sold to Leverkusen for around £7m one year later.
Indeed, he was unlucky not to add to his tally and give Leverkusen all three points against Tottenham – his shot in the 47th minute drew a point blank save from Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris that needed goal line technology to determine whether or not it had crossed the line.