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Louis van Gaal reacts to Javier Hernandez penalty miss

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Louis van Gaal was left stunned last night after striker Javier Hernandez missed a penalty in Manchester United's win against Club Brugge last night.

A Wayne Rooney hat-trick and a second half Ander Herrera strike earned the Red Devils a 7-1 aggregate victory and a place in the group stages of the Champions League - however Van Gaal still wasn't entirely impressed with what he saw.

Hernandez stepped up to take the spot-kick with the score at 4-0, despite the fact he hasn't been a regular at Old Trafford under Van Gaal and has been linked with an exit having spent last season on loan with Real Madrid.

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The Mexican forward subsequently slipped during his shot and the ball fired wide, prompting Van Gaal to stare down his assistant Ryan Giggs, who looked equally unimpressed.

The Dutch coach was seemingly aggrieved that Rooney, who is now closing in on Manchester United's all-time scoring record, didn't take the penalty and put Brugge further to the sword, describing Rooney's decision as 'generous' afterwards.

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The miss means that Hernandez, who has been linked with Tottenham, Southampton and West Brom hasn't scored a goal for Manchester since the game against Newcastle United in April 2014, when David Moyes was still in charge.

Forward options

The Red Devils have been heavily linked with a new forward, although Van Gaal insists he will only make a move before the transfer window shuts if a top quality option becomes available. "When he [a transfer target] is the best striker in the world then, yes, we need him, but that’s what I have been saying for two months," he said earlier this week.

“He has to contribute but when he cannot contribute in our eyes, then we won’t buy any striker. But when he does, we shall buy.”

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