Louis van Gaal says he has no option but to sell Javier Hernandez, who was desperate to play first-team football.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, who has hinted he could sign a striker in January, claimed that he sold Hernandez to Bayer Leverkusen because he could not guarantee the Mexican striker regular first-team action.
With just 25 goals scored in their last 25 Premier League games Van Gaal has come under fire for allowing the striker to leave.
Hernandez joined Bayer Leverkusen for £12million in the summer and has netted 19 goals in 22 appearances, but van Gaal thinks the 27-year-old would have become unhappy had he stayed at Old Trafford.
“We could have kept all the strikers, but then there would have been a lot of strikers in the stand. They are not happy then. They want to go away. It is the story of Hernandez for example,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
“He wants to play. I can imagine that he can’t always play in this world.
“There are now players in my selection who want to play. They cannot play because I choose another player. That is always like that.
“Too many strikers of high quality for the same position is too much pressure. I don’t believe too much in competition. I believe in trust and confidence. Maybe that is wrong but I have done it all my life as a manager. I give trust to the players.”