David de Gea has revealed that he does not know why Manchester United sold Javier Hernandez as he believes that the Mexican guarantees “20, 30 goals a season”.
Hernandez joined Man United in 2010 and scored 20 goals in his debut season as the club won the Premier League title and reached the Champions League final.
The striker was named United’s Player of the Season at the end of that campaign but his opportunities became more limited under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal in recent years.
He spent time on loan at Real Madrid last season before joining Bayer Leverkusen on a permanent deal, where he has scored ten goals in his first 14 appearances for the Bundesliga side.
When asked why Moyes and van Gaal had neglected to use Hernandez, De Gea said: ”I don’t know.
“These are decisions for the coach. But in my team he would always play. He was an undisputed starter before and Player of the Year at United. He can get you 20, 30 goals a season. I would like a lot to play with him again, hopefully it can happen. He is a very good friend, we last spoke two or three days ago. We are in touch a lot. He does well in whatever team he is at.
“He has scored eight or nine goals in very few games. The truth is he is doing well at Leverkusen and everyone knows Chicharito is a goal scorer. I miss him a lot in Manchester. We were always together, in everything. He is a very good friend of mine. We went out to eat, played Playstation, I went to his house; he came to mine. Our families get on well too. His parents would cook Mexican food, my family would cook too — typical Spanish meals.
“It is difficult for him, for any player, to play little. Then when he came on, he scored. I learned from him when I came to Manchester, he is a hard worker, always first to training and last to leave. He does not relax if he is not playing, keeps working hard. They were difficult moments, but everyone trusts in him, knows the level he has. He always does something, always scores goals when he gets playing time. He is showing now he is among best goal scorers in the world.”
There was never any doubting Hernandez’s goalscoring ability as he has proven time and time again that he is a clinical finisher. It appears instead that van Gaal was not happy with his all-round contribution. United could certainly do with a goalscorer of Hernandez’s talents right now as Wayne Rooney continues to struggle but it was unlikely that the Mexican would settle for a place on the substitute’s bench.