Javier Hernandez: This is why I was happy when I left Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester Untied striker Javier Hernandez has insisted he left Old Trafford in 2015 in good spirits.

The Mexican signed for Man United back in 2010 and went on to score 57 goals in four seasons before being pushed to one side by Louis van Gaal, who ultimately let the striker move to Bayern Leverkusen in 2015.

Hernandez has continued to inflict his poacher-like, predatory damage in Germany, netting 26 goals in his first season.

Speaking earlier this week, Chicharito claimed that, despite leaving in gloomy circumstances, he still sees his time at Old Trafford in a positive light.

“Any minutes I had on the pitch at Manchester United, I tried to do my best. Thankfully, the numbers are positive for me,” said Hernandez.

“When I left I had the fourth-best record in history of minutes and goals in the Premier League. That’s what I had at United.

“I also left a lot of good friends and memories in the Premier League. In all parts of life things can be better or worse but I enjoyed it a lot.

“I am doing my best, enjoying the best thing I love in my life, which is football, so I am very glad and very happy.”

Hernandez will always have a special place in the heart of any United fan. The 28-year-old’s time at Old Trafford was brief and ended in bitter fashion, but he brought something unique, almost old-school: a genuine poacher is rarely found anymore, such is modern football’s growing demand for multi-functional strikers, but Hernandez was a poacher in the truest sense of the word.

The Mexican would always roam in his idiosyncratically frantic way, ominously looking for something: a half chance, a loose ball, a small mistake. He would be there, and such an attitude gave United fans some wonderful memories.

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