LVG allowed Chicharito to leave Manchester United during the summer, having previously allowed him to go on loan last season.
However, with the Red Devils struggling offensively—with new additions Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial failing to have the desired impact on a consistent basis—van Gaal’s decisions have been placed under greater scrutiny.
Indeed, it’s hard to defend the manager’s decision to offload such a plethora of attacking talent, including Robin van Persie, Angel Di Maria, Nani and Danny Welbeck, as well as Chicharito, in light of the Mexican forward’s 11 goals in 14 Bundesliga outings so far this season.
According to Schade, van Gaal’s decision to offload the striker is evidence that he doesn’t know what calibre of player he was dealing with.
“Mr. Van Gaal did not know that [Chicharito] is a good player,” the football administrator told Goal.
“That’s what I read in the English newspapers. They are criticizing his former coach, Louis van Gaal, very much because he didn’t recognize 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.”
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In light of his fine form in Germany, the striker has been linked with a move to Arsenal, with the Daily Star suggesting that Arsene Wenger is eyeing a January move for the forward.
However, commenting on the rumours, Schade insisted that the striker was not for sale. “Absolutely not,” the CEO replied, when asked about the prospect of offloading the forward.