Javier Hernandez says he could have been a Manchester United star

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Javier Hernandez has certainly silenced a few critics in the past 12 months. The Mexican striker was thrown out of Manchester United after failing to impress Louis van Gaal and found a home in the form of Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen.

He proceeded to score 17 goals in the German league followed by a further five in the Champions League and another four in the DFB-Pokal. In the same time, Manchester United's top scorer, Anthony Martial managed just 11 Premier League goals.

Indeed, many Red Devils fans were quick to question Van Gaal's reasons for selling Hernandez, especially as they lacked an experienced alternative other than Wayne Rooney. Remember, this was before most fans had even heard the name Marcus Rashford.

And Hernandez, who, for the first time since moving to Europe in 2010, finally have a firm place in a starting XI, believes he would have become a star at Old Trafford had he been given the chance to play.

In fact, the 28-year-old even believes he would have become a star at Real Madrid, where he spent a season on loan before eventually joining Leverkusen. Needless to say, confidence is not something 'Chicharito' lacks. 

Star player

He told FourFourTwo: "If I'd had more chances at United or Real, I'd probably have been the star there as well - we'll never know.

"I didn't have the chance. I never had the chance to play 20 games in a row so people could say, 'He's a good player who should stay' or, 'He can't be the star - he's not a good player'.

"Ask the United fans. The numbers are there. The difference is that Leverkusen want me on the pitch. The others didn't."

Why was he sold?

Having originally sent Hernandez on a season-long loan to Real Madrid, critics were quick to point out that Van Gaal, who has since been sacked by Manchester United, never gave him the chance to impress.

And the Dutchman conceded that he may have been hasty, but also claimed Hernandez would have only stayed at United if he guaranteed him first-team football, which he could not.

When it was put to Van Gaal in January that he may have made a mistake, he said: “You may be right — but you cannot see that in advance.

“We could have kept all the strikers but then there would have been a lot of strikers. They are not happy then. They want to go away.

“It is the story of Hernandez for example. He wants to play. I don’t believe too much in competition. I believe in trust and confidence. Maybe that is wrong but I have done it all my life as a manager. I give trust to the players.

“Now I have given confidence to the players to play there. Too many strikers of high quality for the same position is too much pressure but now I don’t have the chance to change.”

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