Ray Wilkins believes that Manchester United’s decision to let Javier Hernandez leave the club this summer was a mistake.
The 27-year-old left Man United to join Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen for a reported £7.3m, where he has scored 21 goals in 29 appearances this season.
United have struggled for goals this season and played out a goalless draw with Chelsea on Monday. Former United midfielder Wilkins criticised the club’s decision to let Hernandez leave.
“I don’t quite understand how this guy’s playing outside this country,” Wilkins said.
“He was a snip at £8m-£10m, 27 years of age, should not have been allowed to leave because he’s too talented.”
Letting go of Hernandez has proven to be a mistake in hindsight but it seemed like a sensible move at the time.
The Mexican had spurned the opportunities he was given at the start of the campaign and it was clear that he had no confidence at Old Trafford. If he had stayed at United, he would have had to have settled for a spot on the substitute’s bench and it would have just led to an increasingly bitter situation as he obviously wants to start week in, week out.