Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez has revealed a conversation that led to his departure from Manchester United in the summer.
The Mexican international joined the German giants after spending five years at Old Trafford, and has enjoyed a successful start to his new adventure having scored 19 goals already this season for club and country.
However, he has now revealed how hurt he was to be forced out of United after seemingly establishing himself as an important part of the squad under Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I spoke with Van Gaal and he said that I only had a one per cent chance of playing in my position, so I headed to Bayer,” he told Movistar, as reported by Sky Sports.
“I felt confident from the very first day. I feel important, not just because of my goals, but because I feel that I’ll start every game.”
Hernandez’s struggles initially began under David Moyes, and after scoring 20 goals in his first season with the club, he began to see his opportunities of playing decline which led to unrest.
After praising Ferguson’s impact on his career, Hernandez will now continue to focus on life at Leverkusen while his former club struggle for goals which in turn has led to significant criticism of Van Gaal’s style of play and lack of options up front.