Javier Hernandez has revealed that he only had a small chance at succeeding at Manchester United under Louis van Gaal.
Hernandez returned to Old Trafford at the start of this season following a loan spell at Real Madrid but he was let go by van Gaal after failing to take the chance he was given.
At Bayer Leverkusen, the Mexican has scored 17 goals in 20 appearances, leading a number of supporters to criticise van Gaal’s decision to offload him. Hernandez insisted he feels “important” in Germany.
“I spoke with van Gaal and had only 1% chance of winning my place back, so I joined Bayer,” Hernandez said.
“I have been confident since the first day and I feel important here, not only for the goals but in all the games I watch, I see myself in the headlines.”
The decision to let Hernandez leave has proven to be the wrong one in hindsight but it made sense at the time.
Hernandez wanted to start at Man United but he did not grab the opportunity he was given by van Gaal at the start of the campaign. He was never going to settle for a place on the substitute’s bench and it made sense for him to go.