Hernandez: Van Gaal snub was ‘nothing personal’

Date published: Wednesday 13th January 2016 11:22

Javier Hernandez has defended Louis van Gaal over the Manchester United manager’s decision to sell him.

Hernandez left Old Trafford after five years at the club in the summer, with Bayer Leverkusen parting with around £8million to sign the Mexican striker.

The 27-year-old has since scored 19 goals in 22 games for the German club, with his former side United managing just 27 in 21 Premier League games.

While Van Gaal has faced criticism for his decision to sell Hernandez, leaving the club with Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial as their only senior striking options, Hernandez has defended his former manager.

“It’s part of the game,” he said. “Only 11 players can start. It was nothing personal but every coach has his own plan.

“When people criticise Van Gaal, that’s their opinion. I’m pleased that people think I could have stayed there longer.

“I had four great years in Manchester. I was champion twice.”

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