Real Madrid legend Hugo Sanchez believes Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal allowed a "phenomenon" to leave Old Trafford this summer. The Mexican legend hailed Javier Hernandez, who is on a season-long loan at the Bernabeu, following his brace against Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.
Sanchez, who scored 207 goals in 283 appearances for Los Blancos in the late 1980s and early 1990s, admitted his surprise that United had allowed Hernandez to join Real Madrid - and believes his compatriot possesses every attribute required to establish himself as one of the world's best strikers.
Sanchez: Chicharito is a phenomenon
Speaking to Spanish newspaper AS, following Real Madrid's emphatic 8-2 victory, Sanchez said of Chicharito: "He's a phenomenon. He is very fast, intuitive, with movement speed and shoots well with left, right and head.
"When given more time and chances, hopefully his effectiveness is the [level] required in Madrid. In this team enough chances are created and that will help Chicharito."
Hernandez scores twice in 8-2 win
Hernandez scored two goals in four minutes at the Riazor, after coming on as a substitute in the 77th minute, to help Real Madrid record one of their most biggest ever away win in La Liga.
The 26-year-old has given manager Carlo Ancelotti some food for thought ahead of Real Madrid's next game, against Elche at the Bernabeu, on Tuesday night.
Hernandez to replace Benzema?
The European champions' current first-choice centre-forward, Karim Benzema, failed to score in the 8-2 win and has netted just one goal in his first four appearances so far this season. The France international could be dropped to the bench against Elche if Ancelotti decides to hand Hernandez his first Real Madrid start.
Hernandez admitted he had fulfilled a life-long dream by signing for Real Madrid at the end of the summer transfer window following a hugely frustrating campaign at Old Trafford, in which he made just four Premier League starts.
The live-wire striker started United's opening game of the season against Swansea City but failed to impress Van Gaal and was substituted at half-time.
Did Van Gaal make a mistake?
The United boss then managed to secure the services of Colombia international Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan and subsequently allowed both Danny Welbeck - permanently to Arsenal - to leave the Red Devils.
Both strikers scored goals for their respective clubs at the weekend, while United slumped to an embarrassing 5-3 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
Van Gaal's side stormed into a 3-1 lead before a second-half capitulation saw them concede four times in 20 minutes.
Whether Van Gaal wants Hernandez to return next summer is currently unclear, but that could depend on how he performs at the Bernabeu this season, and how Falcao performs at Old Trafford.