Bayer Leverkusen chief executive Michael Schade says that he read that Louis van Gaal “did not know” Javier Hernandez was a good player.
Hernandez left Manchester United in the summer after five years at Old Trafford, opting to join Bayer Leverkusen for around £12million.
The Mexican has scored 19 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions for the German side, proving a revelation as Roger Schmidt’s outfit currently sit fifth in the Bundesliga.
With United struggling for goals – they have scored just 24 in 20 Premier League games this season – many have expressed their surprise that the 27-year-old was sold.
Chief executive Schade is quoted by the Manchester Evening News as saying: “Van Gaal did not know that he is a good player. That’s what I read in the English newspapers. They are criticizing his former coach, Louis van Gaal, because he didn’t recognise what kind of talent this was.
“To be honest, Manchester would need a striker like him for the time being, but we’re happy to have him.
“I think it was a big surprise for many football fans all over the word that he decided to go to Leverkusen, because he’s played at Madrid and Manchester.
“We are a top team, a European top team, but not belonging to the first five. Nevertheless, we were convinced that he could help us to fulfill our objectives and that’s what he did.”