Javier Hernandez was a firm favourite at Old Trafford and many Manchester United fans were saddened to see him leave the club back in August 2015.
The Mexico international always gave 100 per cent every time he pulled on the famous red shirt and would often pop up with vital goals.
Chicharito scored 20 goals in 45 matches during his first season with United, followed by 12 in 36 in the second and then 18 in 36 in the third.
Article continues below
His stats were made all the more impressive by the fact many of his appearances came from the subs’ bench.
Playing the role of impact sub didn’t seem to bother Hernandez too much, until Sir Alex Ferguson left United in the summer of 2013.
Article continues below
Chicharito grew increasingly frustrated
David Moyes used Chicharito sporadically - preferring to stick with Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney as his two first-choice centre-forwards every week - and the Mexican became increasingly frustrated with his lack of playing time.
Then Louis van Gaal arrived and made it crystal clear to Hernandez that he would find himself behind Van Persie, Rooney and Radamel Falcao in the pecking order.
The look Van Gaal gave to his assistant Ryan Giggs after the live-wire striker missed a penalty against Club Brugge in the Champions League qualifiers said it all. He had no future at Old Trafford under the Dutch coach.
And so off he went to Real Madrid for a season. Despite the odd great moment, Chicharito’s frustration grew at the Bernabeu.
He barely started a game for Los Blancos and ended the season with nine goals in 33 (mostly cameo) appearances.
Van Gaal sold him for £7.3m
Van Gaal’s opinion about the forward clearly hadn’t changed because he decided to offload him to Bayer Leverkusen for £7.3 million at the end of the 2015 summer transfer window.
But it’s been an excellent move for the striker, who has rediscovered his form and confidence in the Bundesliga.
Mourinho: I wouldn't have sold Chicharito
"I would never sell [Angel] Di Maria, Chicharito, or [Danny] Welbeck,” Jose Mourinho told BBC Sport in an interview broadcast on Thursday evening. “No chance."
Chicharito, after being made aware of Mourinho’s complimentary comments, reacted with his activity on Twitter.
Not only did he ‘like’ a tweet about what Mourinho had said, he also retweeted the same video from two different sources.
Hernandez will appreciate Mourinho's comments
Hernandez hasn’t scored in his previous five appearances for Bayer - but he’ll be feeling on top of the world thanks to the United manager’s words.
Don’t be surprised if he ends his drought against Hoffenheim this weekend.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms