Javier Hernandez sale is Louis van Gaal's biggest mistake, says Rio Ferdinand

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Former Manchester United defender turned pundit, Rio Ferdinand, believes Louis van Gaal's biggest mistake at the club was the departure of Javier Hernandez.

The Mexican forward has been prolific for Bayer Leverkusen since his £7.3 million move in the summer and has fired 11 goals in 14 Bundesliga games, while the Red Devils have struggled for any fluency going forward. 

Despite starting the season in Van Gaal's squad, it was clear to see Chicharito was extremely low on confidence. He failed to score in any of his three appearances for Manchester United at the beginning of the campaign and his missed penalty against Club Brugge summed up his final months at Old Trafford.


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However, 'Little Pea' looks back to his old self at the Bay Arena and his former teammate believes it was a disastrous decision to allow his departure.

Speaking to the Sun, as per the Mirror, the United legend said: “Van Gaal seems to struggle to get the best out of forwards with his strict and rigid tactics.

“I loved Chicharito when I played with him.

“He guaranteed you goals, even when he was rotated between being a starter and a substitute. But Van Gaal didn’t seem to know how to get the best out of him or wasn’t prepared to adapt to the little man’s way of playing."

Ferdinand went on to suggest that Hernandez was not the only forward to suffer from Van Gaal's rigid tactics; pointing to the decline of Robin van Persie and failure of Radamel Falcao.


Manchester United's 0-0 draw with Chelsea appears to have bought Van Gaal a little bit of time. 

With the transfer window a matter of days away, it is clear to see the Red Devils need reinforcements upfront.

With just two recognised strikers on the books at Old Trafford, a new forward is a must - whoever the manager may be - if United are to challenge for a top four spot. 

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