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'He's a really good manager, to be honest', says the crowd favourite Louis van Gaal got rid of

‘I appreciate that he was very honest since the beginning’, says Javier Hernandez about the under-pressure manager.

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JAVIER HERNANDEZ HAS praised Louis van Gaal’s honesty and described him as a ‘really good manager’, despite the Dutchman allowing the striker leave Manchester United last year.

The fan favourite, who won two Premier League titles in his five seasons at Old Trafford, signed for Bayern Leverkusen on 31 August after spending all of the 2014/15 season on loan at Real Madrid.

The poacher, who scored 59 times while at United, has been sorely missed this term as the Premier League side have struggled in attack. With Wayne Rooney having suffered with loss of form and injuries, it’s been left to youngsters and new signings to carry the burden.

Hernandez has revealed that van Gaal informed him that he wouldn’t be a first-choice striker but would still get opportunities.

“He (van Gaal) just told me that my chances to play would be very hard. I appreciate that he was very honest since the beginning”, Hernandez told Sky Sports.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Manchester City v Manchester United - Etihad Stadium It seems Louis van Gaal put a lot of faith in Wayne Rooney having an impressive season. He's since paid the price for such optimism. Source: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

“When I left, he told me my chances and my opportunities were going to be less because his main striker was going to be Wayne Rooney.”

And while the 27-year-old had little problem with such a role under Sir Alex Ferguson, he felt it was time to find a new club.

“You will not find the new Sir Alex Ferguson in the next 50 or 100 years because he was unique. He was special”, Hernandez said.

Van Gaal can do it but in football, time and results are going to speak about if he is the main man or if he is not.He is a really good manager to be honest. He has his own ways like all the managers in the world.”

The move to Germany has certainly agreed with Hernandez. He’s managed 16 goals in 25 league games and fueled the side’s rise to third place in the Bundesliga table.

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