Javier Hernandez has revealed that Louis van Gaal told him he would not be his No.1 striker shortly before he left Manchester United for Bayer Leverkusen.
Van Gaal sold Hernandez to Bayer in the summer in a deal worth £7.3m.
The Mexican striker has flourished since joining the Bundesliga side, scoring 21 goals in 24 appearances, leading many to criticise van Gaal’s decision to let go of him. Hernandez revealed what him and van Gaal talked about in the days leading up to his Old Trafford departure.
“He was honest. In the first few weeks, he spoke to me and said he saw a good future, that I would have more chances than normal. It made me feel I could play,” Hernandez said.
“But then, after the start of the season, he told me he was thinking Wazza [Wayne Rooney] would be his No.1.
“He said that I would be No.2 but the reality was that if Wazza got injured or was out for any reason, when he came back, he would play.
“It was 99% likely I would not be his first choice. He was clear, that was his idea, and we have to be respectful of that. We decided that if a good offer came, I would take it.”
Although United could have used Hernandez at various points this term, it is clear why the club sold him and it was a sensible move, on a personal level, for the player.
As much as Hernandez could have solved United’s attacking woes this term, he wouldn’t have been happy sitting on the bench and there was no guarantee that performances would have been of the required level. It is important that the two parties draw a line under the affair and move on.