Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has defended his decision to sell Javier Hernandez this summer, claiming that he doesn’t believe in his sides having too much competition.
The Dutchman let Chicharito leave for Bayer Leverkusen despite not having a plethora of options with regards to his attacking line.
The move was heavily criticised by many Red Devils fans at the time and with Hernandez having bagged 14 goals in his last 17 outings, it appears Van Gaal’s decision was an oversight.
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Van Gaal's philosophy
However, speaking on the subject - as per ESPN - Van Gaal himself insisted that he hadn’t made a mistake. The 64-year-old said he had trust in his players and that keeping Hernandez could have bred unhappiness.
"I don't believe too much in competition," Van Gaal said.
"I believe in trust and confidence. Maybe that is wrong but I have done it all my life. I give trust to the players.
"We could have kept all the strikers but then there would have been a lot of strikers in the tribune," he said. "They are not happy then. They want to go away. It is the story of Hernandez, for example. He wants to play. I can imagine that he can't always play in this world.
"There are now players in my selection who want to play. They cannot play because I choose another player. That is always like that. But too many strikers of high quality for the same position is too much pressure.
"The pressure is from the other strikers and who is playing, who is sitting on the bench and who is sitting in the tribune. Then you have a lot of pressure more for the strikers' position. Now I have given confidence to the players to play there."
United's biggest flaw
Regardless of Van Gaal’s talk of too much competition, however, it has to be argued that United simply haven’t been dangerous enough in front of goal this year.
The Red Devils may sit sixth in the Premier League, but they’ve only managed to find the back of the net 10 times in their last 14 fixtures across all competitions. There’s no guaranteeing Hernandez’s presence would have improved that figure, but it certainly begs a question.
Not enough goals
Of course, the majority of the blame so far has been shouldered by Wayne Rooney. The Old Trafford captain has only netted twice in 15 Premier League games this year; hardly the form of a striker charged with firing his side into title contention.
As for the Hernandez sale, many feel Van Gaal would have been better-served in keeping the diminutive forward. The 27-year-old may not have been overly prolific in Manchester, but he certainly seems to have found his shooting boots in Germany.
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