Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez continued to show the Reds exactly what they are missing with his 11th goal in ten games for his new club, Bayer Leverkusen.
Hernandez netted against Hertha Berlin to add to his already impressive scoring tally for this season, all while Man United are struggling to find their form in front of goal. The Mexican was voted the Bundesliga player of the month for October having only joined the league the month before.
United are going through a terrible run in terms of their attacking play, with five goalless draws in their past nine games reason for concern. Louis van Gaal has touted poor finishing as the reason behind his side’s troubles in the final third and there is no doubt that Hernandez could have been the player to stick the chances away this season.
Hernandez’s form further puts into the spotlight van Gaal’s transfer activity this summer. Despite bringing in Anthony Martial on deadline day, the manager chose not to sign a proven finisher when he had the opportunity. Instead, the sale of Hernandez and the decision to let James Wilson go on loan to Brighton and Hove Albion could come back to haunt United at the end of the season.
The Reds are desperate for goals and would love to have an in-form striker there to finish the chances they create. Without Hernandez and Wilson in the squad, it could pile the pressure onto the likes of Martial and Memphis Depay. Both are young players with plenty to learn and United fans will be hoping that van Gaal can get the best out of them to mount a title challenge come May.