Javier Hernandez has posted a farewell message to Manchester United fans on Twitter and Instagram after completing a permanent move to Bayer Leverkusen earlier this week.
The Mexico international also reserved special praise for Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United’s chief scout Jim Lawlor, who helped him complete his move from Chivas Guadalajara in 2010, but chose to leave out Ferguson’s successors David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
Hernandez was used sparingly during Moyes’ tenure at Old Trafford - the Scot often overlooked the livewire forward in favour of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie - while Van Gaal encouraged the striker to move on loan to Real Madrid after deeming him surplus to requirements.
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“I want to thank Sir Alex Ferguson & Jim Lawlor, the club staff, all the players I played with,” Hernandez wrote.
“[But especially I want to thank all the Manchester United fans in the UK and all around the world for the incredible support I've had this past 4 years and all the best wishes they have for me in my new chapter!! #MUFC #GGMU #2premierleagues #19&20 #60goals #85starts #thankyou”
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Hernandez may have been particularly angered by Van Gaal after the Dutch coach’s reaction to his missed penalty against Club Brugge in the Champions League play-off round second leg last week.
The 27-year-old substitute scuffed his penalty wide of the goal, prompting Van Gaal to stare at his assistant Ryan Giggs in a manner which suggested the striker may have played his final match for Manchester United.
And so it proved. On Monday, Hernandez completed a £7.3 million move to Leverkusen and will begin the next chapter of his career in the Bundesliga.
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