Javier Hernandez: Manchester United exit was ‘nothing personal’

by Ben Topliss

Javier Hernandez has defended Louis van Gaal over the Dutchman’s decision to let him leave Manchester United.

Hernandez left Man United in the summer and joined Bayer Leverkusen, where he has scored 19 goals in 22 games.

The Mexican’s form has led to criticism of van Gaal as United have struggled to score goals this term. However, Hernandez insisted there was “nothing personal” in his exit.

“It’s part of the game. Only 11 players can start. It was nothing personal but every coach has his own plan,” Hernandez said.

“When people criticise van Gaal, that’s their opinion. I’m pleased that people think I could have stayed there longer. I had four great years in Manchester. I was champion twice.”

United have been awful from an attacking point of view for the majority of the campaign but Wayne Rooney put in a real captain’s performance up top in the 3-3 draw against Newcastle United last time out.

Keeping Hernandez would have given van Gaal a useful option from the substitute’s bench but there was no guarantee that the player would have been happy with that. In any case, it is good to see Hernandez returning to form as he was loyal servant to United for a number of years.

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