Rio Ferdinand: Manchester United’s decision to sell Javier Hernandez was a mistake

by Tanveer Arayan

Rio Ferdinand believes Louis van Gaal made a huge mistake in letting Javier Hernandez leave Manchester United.

Hernandez was deemed surplus to requirements at Man United this summer and was sold to Bayer Leverkusen in a £6m deal.

The Mexican has gone on to flourish in Germany, scoring 19 goals in 22 appearances this term. Ferdinand questioned whether van Gaal is capable of getting the best out of his attacking players.

“Van Gaal seems to struggle to get the best out of forwards with his strict and rigid tactics,” Ferdinand said.

“I loved Chicharito when I played with him. He guaranteed you goals, even when he was rotated between being a starter and a substitute. But van Gaal didn’t seem to know how to get the best out of him or wasn’t prepared to adapt to the little man’s way of playing.”

The decision to let Hernandez go has proven to be the wrong one in hindsight but he was given opportunities in a United shirt at the start of the campaign and he didn’t take them.

United could have kept Hernandez but he would have just been unhappy on the substitute’s bench and it is unlikely that he would have scored as many as he has done at Bayer. That being said, United certainly could have used him coming off the bench in the draw against Chelsea last time out.

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