Javier Hernandez has fired what some might consider to be an unsavoury jibe at Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, hinting that the Dutchman’s strictness might not be a good thing.
The Mexico international was loaned out by Van Gaal shortly after the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss took over at United last summer, and he’s recently enjoyed a successful run in the Real Madrid first-team.
Now, as speculation continues to run wild over where he’ll be playing his football next season, Hernandez might well have decided his own fate, by publicly taking a swipe at Van Gaal’s methods in comparison to those of his current boss Carlo Ancelotti.
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As relayed by the Daily Mail - originally taken from Spanish sources - Chicharito highlighted the fact that Van Gaal was more strict that either Ancelotti or Sir Alex Ferguson - the latter having managed him before retiring from life in the dugout in 2013.
"Van Gaal likes routines, timetables are always very rigid. He’s very strict on discipline," Hernandez said.
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"Ancelotti is more like [Sir Alex] Ferguson, he’s more liberal. Ancelotti has a bit more contact with us and he is more relaxed."
Hernandez’s recent form may have just given Van Gaal food for thought with regards to any lingering chance that he might keep him on for next season.
The diminutive striker has looked very much the part when standing in for Karim Benzema, not only bagging the all-important solitary goal against Atletico Madrid that saw Real into the semi-finals of the Champions League, but then scoring two as Ancelotti’s men overcame Celta Vigo and assisting another in the latest victory over Almeria.
Naturally given that Van Gaal has money to burn and already an eye-catching strike force it’s unlikely he’ll be persuaded to change his mind on Hernandez. The Mexican was never anything more than a backup at Old Trafford, and were he to somehow earn another contract there it makes sense to assume he’d be used in a similar role again.
That might just be enough to ensure he attempts to engineer a move to Real on a permanent basis - we’re well aware he’ll be a regular sub there as well.
Recent rumours have inferred that he’s willing to ask United to wave the €20 million release clause in his contract in an effort to tempt Los Blancos into making a cheaper offer, though at this stage the situation remains unsolved.
Van Gaal doing well
For all of Hernandez’s claims about Van Gaal though it can’t be said that he hasn’t done a good job in turning United around. The side he took over had just finished seventh and were dangerously low on morale, whereas the team now looks set to secure Champions League football for next season virtue of a top four finish and the future is rosy indeed.
United fans, does Hernandez have any future at your club? Do you think Van Gaal has flaws in his management style? Let us know in the comments box below.
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