Louis van Gaal tried to stop Javier Hernandez from joining Manchester United's tour of the US in an effort to freeze him out of the squad, reports Marca.
The claims, although sensational, add to a growing picture that the Mexican does not feature in the new Manchester United boss's plans. This report is the latest in a long line which point to Hernandez leaving Old Trafford.
USA tour controversy
Hernandez was originally not selected for the squad to fly out to the United States to take on La Galaxy, AS Roma, inter Milan and Real Madrid. It was then strangely announced that he would in fact join up with his teammates several days later.
According to the Spanish newspaper, the events that transpired between the walls of Old Trafford were one of controversy. Van Gaal purposely left Hernandez off the team in an effort to freeze him out of the squad and force him into securing an exit.
He eventually joined up with the squad after Van Gaal reportedly performed a U-turn, and may be set to give Hernandez one last chance to impress.
Having joined up with the squad, it appeared Van Gaal was going to give Hernandez a chance to save his Manchester United career. However, Hernandez was not even given a spot on the bench for their 7-0 win over LA Galaxy.
Plenty of interest
If Manchester United do decide to sell—very likely at the moment—they will not be short of potential suitors. Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked in the past while Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan are interested now.
Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has already urged his new club to sign the 25-year-old. Saying he thinks he has what it takes to succeed at the San Siro.
"These things are up to clubs,” Vidic told reporters.
“Obviously, Chicharito will be a good signing for every club and we'd be glad to have him."
Atletico have got plenty of money in the coffers following the sale of Diego Costa and look set to miss out on Romelu Lukaku. Hernandez appears to be emerging as a backup option.
Hernandez welcomed into squad
Less controversial reports suggest that Hernandez is still recovering from his exploits with Mexico at the World Cup and that he will be welcomed back into the squad and get some playing time later in the tour. AS Roma are next up and if Hernandez misses out on the squad again, it will only increase speculation.