Hernandez: Van Gaal told me I had a 1% chance of playing for Manchester United

The Mexico international has been superb since his move to Bayer Leverkusen and has revealed that the United boss had no plans to keep him this season

Javier Hernandez admits he did not want to leave Manchester United in the summer but claims his exit was sealed after Louis van Gaal told him he had just a “one percent chance” of playing.

The Mexico international joined Bayer Leverkusen in August and has been in excellent form for the German club with 17 goals in 20 appearances so far this season.

United have been heavily criticised for their lack of attacking threat under Van Gaal this term, but Hernandez has revealed that the Dutchman had no plans to keep him at Old Trafford.

“I didn’t have the intention to leave but I wanted to more playing time. Van Gaal told me that he already had his strikers, that I would have to fight for a place but could take an offer if an opportunity arrives,” Hernandez told Spanish TV Show Fiebre Maldini.

“The board told me that I could go on loan to Real Madrid and it was not a difficult decision for me.

“Then I returned to Manchester. I started to have opportunities but one day I spoke with Van Gaal and I had only a one percent chance of playing so I needed to make magic. So I moved Bayer.

“I have been confident since the first day and I feel important here, not only for the goals but in all the games I watch, I see myself in the line-up.”

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