Rio Ferdinand believes that Javier Hernandez did not succeed in Manchester as he did not have the confidence from the manager at United.
The Mexico international was allowed to leave Old Trafford by Louis van Gaal, despite scoring 59 goals for the Red Devils and adding 20 assists in his time there.
‘Chicharito’ has been a roaring success in Germany since his move to Bayer Leverkusen however, amassing a combined 40 goals and assists in his first 50 appearances for the club.
“I think at Manchester United he always felt there was someone else in front of him,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.
“There was a Wayne Rooney, a Robin Van Persie, there were strikers that he felt were always going to be number one no matter what he did.”
“So that is a heavy weight on the shoulders of confidence for a player.”
Ferdinand compared Hernandez to another former United player in Diego Forlan, who also struggled for opportunities.
“I think you saw that before with Diego Forlan at Man Utd. Everyone knew he was a quality player but he had Ruud van Nistelrooy in front of him.
“So when he got the opportunity the confidence wasn’t always there. Yes, Chicharito scored goals, he put up good numbers, 15-20 goals a season, but as a starter for Man Utd maybe he didn’t have the impact always.
“I think that was largely down to not having the confidence supremely from the manager.”