Manchester United let plenty of players go over the summer, as Louis van Gaal continued to mould the current playing squad into his much-maligned philosophy. One area that took a huge hit was the striker spot, and the Dutchman has explained why he let Javier Hernandez leave Old Trafford.
“We could have kept all the strikers and then there are a lot of strikers in the stand who are not happy,” he told reporters. “They will want to go away. It is like the story of Hernandez, for example. He wanted to play and you cannot always play in this world.
He went on to say how he likes to work with a small squad and put trust in his players, rather than having unhappy faces on the bench. This method will work like a treat when the side is winning, but when a club like Manchester United are on a winless run of eight games, the fact that we’re low in strikers seems to be highlighted all the more.