Javier Hernandez says Van Gaal convinced him to leave Manchester United

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Every time Manchester United's attack fails to flourish, the ever-lengthening shadow of Javier Hernandez casts itself over Louis van Gaal.

The Mexico international was never given a chance to impress the Dutchman, first spending an unfruitful season on loan with Real Madrid before being sold to Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.

Even then, a large section of the United faithful were questioning the decision. Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao had already departed Old Trafford and Hernandez was a proven goal scorer. Now almost every fan is question Van Gaal's judgement.


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Hernandez has hit the ground running in the Bundesliga and has become the main man for Leverkusen, scoring ten goals in 11 starts including a hat-trick against Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils were relying on Marouane Fellaini against Premier League newcomers Bournemouth on Saturday. The Belgian powerhouse was the main attacking threat as the Cherries ran out 2-1 winners.

Worsening situation

Now the situation is getting even worse for Van Gaal. Hernandez has come out and revealed the reason why he decided to leave Manchester on a permanent basis. Unsurprisingly, it was because of the Dutchman, who told 'Chicharito' he had little chance of playing if he stayed.

In an interview with Movistar+, he said: "I spoke with Van Gaal and he said that I only had a 1% chance of playing in my position, so I headed to Bayer.

"I felt confident from the very first day. I feel important, not just because of my goals, but because I feel that I'll start every game."

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It was a nonsensical thing to say, especially as it was before Ed Woodward had even started negotiating with AS Monaco over a deal for Anthony Martial, who would eventually join in an incredibly expensive transfer.

With his direct style and clinical nature, Hernandez would have been given multiple chances to play, mainly because United's other strikers have proven to be so blunt this season. Not only that but if his form was anything like it has been for Leverkusen, he would probably be their top scorer.

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