Former Real Madrid striker Hugo Sanchez has labelled Louis van Gaal a “scoundrel” over his treatment of Javier Hernandez.
Hernandez, who was consigned to playing second fiddle to Wayne Rooney at Manchester United, joined Bayer Leverkusen on deadline day for £7.3m.
Van Gaal handed Hernandez a second chance during Man United’s pre-season, but following a shambolic substitute display against Club Brugge, the manager decided that the Mexican was surplus to requirements.
Sanchez, a fellow countryman of Hernandez, believes that van Gaal’s body language after the striker’s missed penalty against Brugge was unacceptable.
“Van Gaal made a bad decision – and it’s not one he’s done for the first time, he’s done it 50,000 times,” said Sanchez.
“I’ve coached and a coach cannot do that to their own player. I’d go out and applaud him and tell him to trust in himself. But that look he gave Giggs… What a scoundrel.
“It was a bad game for Chicharito but any player in the world can do that. Van Gaal is a scoundrel; hopefully those in England realise he is a bad person and treats his players poorly.
“He should be professional. The players deserve professional and humane treatment.”
The Dutchman’s reaction to Hernandez’s penalty miss against Brugge was, on reflection, harsh on the 27-year-old, who was already struggling with confidence issues at United. The manager’s seething glance towards Ryan Giggs, as if to say ‘who on earth is this clown?’ certainly didn’t help.
But it’s simply van Gaal’s propensity to clearly and expressively show how he feels about what he sees as a manager. He’s lost several friends through the way he’s gone about man management during his managerial career. However, this approach, although abrasive, has yielded silverware for many years and will hopefully continue to do so at United, with the occasional fall out bound to happen as well.