Leverkusen forward Javier Hernandez has revealed that he left Manchester United due to manager Louis van Gaal telling him that he had a "one per cent chance of playing".
Hernandez signed with Leverkusen on a three-year deal that was reported to be worth £7.3 million in August. However, during United’s 2014/15 campaign, Van Gaal’s first season in charge of the Red Devils, Hernandez decided to sign a season-long loan with Real Madrid.
Upon returning to Old Trafford following his time in the Spanish capital, Hernandez confirmed Van Gaal told him that he wouldn’t receive a lot of playing time. As a result, the Mexico international made the decision to join Leverkusen, where he has scored 17 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions so far this season.
"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," Hernandez told Movistar . "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."
However, Hernandez still treasures the time he spent at United and lauded legendary manager Alex Ferguson for helping mold him into the player he is today.
"I had a great time there. I had an incredible start, full of opportunities, although those opportunities dwindled over time and things took a turn for the worse," Hernandez said. "I'm so grateful to Ferguson. I think he's the best there's ever been, especially his squad management skills.
"Every player had his place. A squad player could still play 15 games a season. He opened the door to Europe for me and I won two league titles there."