Bayer Leverkusen CEO Michael Schade has mocked Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal over his decision to sell Javier Hernandez in the summer.
Hernandez was sold to Bayer after being deemed surplus to requirements by van Gaal.
The Mexican has gone on to flourish at the Bundesliga side, scoring 19 goals in 22 appearances and earning rave reviews for his displays. Schade believes that van Gaal was not aware of Hernandez’s talent.
“Mr. van Gaal did not know that [Hernandez] is a good player,” Schade said.
“That’s what I read in the English newspapers. They are criticising his former coach, Louis van Gaal, very much because he didn’t recognise what kind of talent this was.
“To be honest, Manchester would need a striker like him for the time being, but we’re happy to have him.”
Hernandez has been linked with a return to the Premier League with Arsenal but, when asked if he was considering selling the player, Schade replied: “Absolutely not.”
Of course, selling Hernandez was a mistake but it seemed like a sensible decision at the time.
The forward looked zapped of confidence and he did not grab the opportunities given to him at the start of the campaign. Had United kept Hernandez, it is likely that he would have just continued to be unhappy while sat on the substitute’s bench.