Van Gaal defends decision to sell Hernandez

Date published: Saturday 2nd January 2016 12:12

Louis van Gaal has defended his decision to sell Javier Hernandez and other assorted strikers at Manchester United.

United have scored just 22 goals in the Premier League this season, more than just six other sides, with Anthony Martial and Juan Mata their joint top-goalscorers on four each.

The Duchman has discussed the possibility of signing a new striker in January, but has also faced questioning over the strikers he has sold during his time at Old Trafford.

Javier Hernandez, along with Robin van Persie, was sold in the summer, with the Mexican scoring 19 goals in 21 games for Bayer Leverkusen this season. With James Wilson also loaned out to Brighton, Van Gaal has moved to defend the sales.

“We could have kept all the strikers, but then there would have been a lot of strikers in the stands,” Van Gaal said. “They’re not happy then, they want to leave. It’s the story of Hernandez, for example. He wants to play, but I can imagine that he can’t always play.

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

“You can say, yes [that is wrong]. But you cannot change that any more. Maybe you may be right, but that you cannot see that in advance.”

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