All season, Manchester United fans have been wondering why Louis van Gaal ever allowed Javier Hernandez in leave last summer.
The Mexican has scored 16 times in 25 Bundesliga matches for Bayer Leverkusen this campaign while the Red Devils have managed just 40 league goals as a team.
Hernandez’s form has seen him named as the league’s player of the month in three consecutive months - November, December and January - as his Leverkusen side sit third.
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While Hernandez seems set to play Champions League football next season, it’s likely that his former club won’t.
Van Gaal’s side trail fourth-placed Arsenal by four points with just five matches remaining as they seek qualification to Europe’s elite competition for next campaign.
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However, despite being deemed surplus to requirements by the Dutchman in September and lots of pressure on the experienced boss, Hernandez has no doubts about Van Gaal’s managerial quality.
Hernandez on Van Gaal
"He is a really good manager to be honest," Hernandez told Sky Sports. "He has his own ways like all the managers in the world.”
Hernandez was loaned out to Real Madrid during Van Gaal’s first season in charge of Manchester United before being let go at the start of this season.
"He just told me that my chances to play would be very hard," Hernandez said. "I appreciate that he was very honest since the beginning.
"When I left, he told me my chances and my opportunities were going to be less because his main striker was going to be Wayne Rooney.
"If he wasn't fit for example, I was going to play but when he was ready he would play," he added.
Failure to finish in the top four for United will surely see the end of Van Gaal’s reign as he becomes the second manager to fail to follow in the footsteps of legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, Hernandez has admitted that it’s always going to be difficult to follow the precedent set by Ferguson. The Scot spent 26 years at the Theatre of Dreams, winning 13 league titles, five FA Cups and two Champions Leagues.
Finding the next Ferguson
“You will not find the new Sir Alex Ferguson in the next 50 or 100 years because he was unique. He was special,” Hernandez said.
"Van Gaal can do it but in football, time and results are going to speak about if he is the main man or if he is not."
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