Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has been labelled a ‘scoundrel’ over his supposedly poor treatment of Javier Hernandez.
Real Madrid and Mexico legend Hugo Sanchez was left less than impressed with the Dutchman’s attitude towards his compatriot prior to Hernandez’s move to Bayer Leverkusen, citing a distasteful glance at Ryan Giggs as evidence over how poorly Van Gaal treats his playing staff.
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The United boss became the talk of the internet after being caught flashing a controversial look at his assistant after Hernandez missed a penalty against Club Brugge.
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The striker then squandered a sitter of an opportunity shortly afterwards, and less than a week later he was sold to Leverkusen
However Sanchez, whose comments suggest he might have some previous beef with Van Gaal, was quick to defend Hernandez, stating that his ex-manager should have been more supportive.
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"Van Gaal made a bad decision – and it's not one he's done for the first time, he's done it 50,000 times," he told Futbol Picante, as relayed by the Daily Mirror.
"I've coached and a coach cannot do that to their own player. I'd go out and applaud him and tell him to trust in himself. But that look he gave Giggs… What a scoundrel.
"It was a bad game for Chicharito but any player in the world can do that. Van Gaal is a scoundrel; hopefully those in England realise he is a bad person and treats his players poorly."
Naturally fans won’t be too annoyed with Van Gaal since he did manage to secure a deadline day replacement for Hernandez, one sure to install excitement into the Old Trafford crowd.
Former AS Monaco man Anthony Martial joined the Red Devils for £36million, and though he isn’t yet the finished product he’ll certainly be one for supporters to watch moving forward.
Since Wayne Rooney was the de facto first-choice anyway United haven’t lost much with Hernandez’s departure, bar a forward who was reliable from the bench. In Martial they may well now boast twice the player, though he’ll have plenty to do to justify his price-tag.
United fans, how do you feel about the way Hernandez was treated by Van Gaal? Is Martial a better option? Let us know in the comments box below.