Javier Hernandez reveals why he had to leave Man Utd

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Javier Hernandez told he had little chance of playing by Van Gaal
Javier Hernandez told he had little chance of playing by Van Gaal

Javier Hernandez has revealed why he was forced to leave Manchester United last summer, even though he was eager to stay and fight for a place in Louis van Gaal's team.

Hernandez returned to United last summer are a spell on loan at Real Madrid with manager Van Gaal stating publicly that he would be part of his plans for this season.

Yet when the offer arrived for him to join Bayer Leverkusen, he was encouraged to leave United by the club's owners and the manager himself.

"Van Gaal told me he already had his strikers, that I would have to fight for a place but could take an offer if an opportunity arrives,” said the striker nick-named Chicharito, reflecting on the conversations he had with the United boss in the summer of 2014.

"The board told me I could go on loan to Real Madrid and it was not a difficult decision for me. Then I returned to Manchester.

“I started to have opportunities but one day I spoke with Van Gaal and I had only a one per cent chance of playing, so I needed to make magic.

“I moved to Bayer, I have been confident since the first day and I feel more important here, not only for the goals but in all the games I watch I see myself in the line-up.

“I am totally grateful to (Alex) Ferguson. I think he is the best manager in history for how he managed the squad.

“He had a place for everyone. Even a player who was not under consideration ended the season with 15 games.

“It was one of the best experiences of my life. He opened the door to Europe for me and I won two leagues,” he added, in an interview with Spanish TV show Fiebre Maldini.

The gracious words of Hernandez towards Ferguson and United will endear him to the club's supporters, who have looked on as the Mexican has fired goals aplenty for his new club this season.

United have scored just ten goals in their last 12 matches, with Chicharito scoring 15 times for Leverkusen in his last dozen appearances.