Manchester United unearthed a real star when they spent just £6million to bring in the Mexican striker known as Chicharito. For two years, Javier Hernandez was adored by the Old Trafford faithful, as he scored goals galore and helped his side win title #19.
However after that, the Mexican striker was limited to minutes from off the bench which you always felt he was unhappy with.
Back in 2014, Hernandez was loaned out to Real Madrid, in which he had a similar situation occurring, where he was more often than not a substitute.
Now at Bayer Leverkusen the 28-year old is fit and firing again, and has had a sly dig at Manchester United as he feels he never really got a fair crack of the whip.
“If I’d had more chances at United or Real, I’d probably have been ‘the star’ there as well – we’ll never know,” Hernandez told FourFourTwo.
“I didn’t have the chance. I never had the chance to play 20 games in a row so people could say: ‘He’s a good player who should stay’ or ‘He can’t be the star – he’s not a good player.”
“Ask the United fans. The numbers are there. I started only 85 games at United and I scored 60 goals [in total]. At Real, I started just 12 games and scored nine goals. At Leverkusen I’ve started 37 games and I have 26 goals.”
“The difference is that Leverkusen want me on the pitch. The others didn’t.”
To say that Manchester United didn’t want him on the pitch is harsh. At the time where he was benched the club had Robin van Persie in the season of his life, backed up by Wayne Rooney who was also fully firing at that point.
There just wasn’t room for him in the side on a regular basis despite all his talents, and in his last couple of seasons at the club he didn’t do anywhere near enough to justify selection.
That said, I’m extremely happy for him that he has found a club who will give him that playing time he craves, and I wish him every success for the future.