Javier Hernandez opens up on Man United misfortune after SAF departure
Signed from Mexican side Guadajalara in 2010, Hernandez enjoyed success at Old Trafford. He scored ten or more goals in his first three seasons as United won two Premier League titles.
He failed to hit the same heights following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. Hernandez was in the middle of a transition under David Moyes, with Ed Woodward at the helm.
He struggled under Moyes and only scored nine times all season, half of his previous season’s tally. (h/t Transfermarkt)
Hernandez also revealed that he could have moved on from the club sooner had it not been for Moyes. Facing a difficult time, he confided his worries in Ferguson. The legendary Scot advised Moyes and Woodward to give him a more prominent role at the club.
“I even went to speak to Sir Alex because he knew I was down.”
The Mexican ace had no qualms about coming off the bench for United. He revealed that Ferguson told him that he wished he could play him more.
In spite of Ferguson’s advice, Hernandez was neither played often nor allowed to leave. He has not held back in his criticism of Moyes and his policies.
“In the winter, there was another opportunity for me to go but he did not let me go because he was so stubborn and that’s why he only lasted seven months because he was not humble, he could not grow to be United.”
In spite of adding that he has nothing personal against Moyes, Hernandez believes the former Everton boss was a bad fit at United.
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The Mexican spent a year on loan at Real Madrid before leaving for Bayern Leverkusen a year later. Hernandez played 157 games for United. He scored 59 goals and 20 assists. (h/t Transfermarkt)