Javier Hernandez has not held anything back when discussing David Moyes’ ill-fated spell as Manchester United boss.
Mexico forward Hernandez was part of the first-team squad for Moyes’ 10 months at Old Trafford and although he admits there was nothing personal between the pair, the 31-year-old says his appointment was “a mistake”.
The former Everton boss succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson in May 2013, on Sir Alex’s recommendation, but his short spell proved unsuccessful and he was sacked in April 2014 with United in seventh place in the Premier League.
Speaking to former team-mate Rio Ferdinand, former West Ham striker Hernandez claimed Moyes, who is now West Ham boss, was far too “stubborn” and wanted to change things too quickly.
“To be honest, we didn’t have any thing personal – Moyes and myself – but it was a mistake that they took him,” Hernandez told Ferdinand on The Locker Room.
“It was a mistake. That was the first mistake that it’s still haunting – not because of him, he’s not a bad manager, but they thought they were going to take the replacement of the boss, of Sir Alex so quick. It’s impossible!
“Not until now. Even Guardiola and Klopp and Mourinho are not at the level of Sir Alex yet. They’re on the way trying to get there. Or Cruyff, those kinds of managers. They’re not there but they’re trying to achieve that.
“That changed some United careers that could have been better. Rafael, myself, Welbeck, Fabio, too – a lot of players that we need to go away to play.”
Asked by Ferdinand if he got rid of them too quickly, Hernandez added: “Yeah, definitely.
“Look, another thing. They brought David Moyes. It’s not about being a good or a bad coach or his ideas – I’m not going to question that.
“The problem is, I don’t understand how it’s possible that you’re not that humble or not clever enough to maintain or at least half of what you’re succeeding, the way he was doing it because he’s the greatest of all time.
“That’s why he lasted the seven months he lasted. He was so stubborn and he didn’t have that adaptability and that growth acceptance. You need to grow to be in United.”