David De Gea has questioned the sale of former Manchester United teammate Javier Hernandez and dubbed him a proven "goalscorer."
Speaking on ESPN Deportes show Fuera De Juego, as per Sky Sports, the Spaniard said: "In my team he would always play.
"He was an undisputed starter before and player of the year at United. He can get you 20, 30 goals a season. I would like a lot to play with him again, hopefully it can happen."
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The Mexican left United in the summer for only £7.3 million to join Bayer Leverkusen, ending his five-year stay at United.
The 27-year-old forward found chances limited at the Red Devils and was used mostly as an impact substitute. Despite this, Hernandez still scored 60 goals and made 157 appearances for the Old Trafford side.
Under Louis van Gaal, Hernandez was gradually phased out of the first team picture, making only five appearances under the Dutchman. The Mexico international was loaned out to Spanish giants Real Madrid last season and scored nine goals for the club.
Now, Hernandez resides in Germany playing for Leverkusen under Roger Schmidt - and he has justified De Gea's comments regarding his goalscoring ability, scoring ten goals in 14 appearances for the Bundesliga side.
The pacey striker found the net only nine times in his last three seasons in Manchester, though the United shot-stopper was quick to defend his former team-mate.
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He said: "They were difficult moments, but everyone trusts him, know the level he has. He always does something, always scores goals when he gets playing time."
Many United fans were unhappy with Hernandez's departure and saw the Mexican as a reliable provider of goals - and De Gea's comments will only cement these views further.
With Van Gaal's side struggling to find the net and Wayne Rooney scoring just once in the Premier League this season, was Van Gaal wrong to sell the clinical Mexican? Perhaps so, but one thing is for certain: what could be United's loss is certainly Leverkusen's gain.
Manchester United fans: did Van Gaal make a mistake in letting Hernandez go this summer? Let us know your thoughts!