Javier Hernandez has revealed that a run of consistent starts at Bayer Leverkusen has been the reason behind his sensational form since leaving Manchester United.
Hernandez left Man United in the summer after being deemed surplus to requirements by Louis van Gaal.
The Mexican has gone on to score 19 goals in 22 appearances for Bayer, helping them up to fifth in the Bundesliga. Hernandez believes consistent minutes on the pitch has helped him find his form.
“What I was missing in the last two or three years, it was like I was playing sometimes and then returning to the bench,” Hernandez said.
“But now that I am playing most of the game or almost all of my games here in my club, that’s what I need. Because people sometimes think the confidence is with goals, but I don’t think like that. I think confidence is to play day-by-day, to get rhythm.”
With van Gaal seemingly reluctant to drop Wayne Rooney despite his terrible form for the majority of this term, it was always likely that Hernandez would struggle for opportunities at United had he stayed at Old Trafford.
United could have done with Hernandez coming off the bench this season but the decision to let him go made sense at the time as there would have been no point keeping an unhappy player on the substitute’s bench. The move has proven to be the wrong one for United in hindsight but there was no guarantee that Hernandez would have produced the same results at United as he has at Bayer.