Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal slammed by Mexican legend

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Mexico legend Hugo Sanchez has sensationally branded Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal a scoundrel over his treatment towards former United striker Javier Hernandez.

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Hernandez’s four-year-stay at the club came to an end on deadline day when he left the Theatre Of Dreams and joined Bayer Leverkusen in a deal worth £7.3 million. His dreadful display in front of goal against Club Brugge in which he failed to convert a penalty and missed the target from a perilously close range convinced Van Gaal that the Mexican’s time at the club was well and truly up.

It is worth noting that when Hernandez slipped and missed his spot-kick against Brugge in the Champions League play-off, Van Gaal gave assistant manager Ryan Giggs a hard-nosed look. This particular gesture seems to have not gone down well with Sanchez. Speaking in an interview with the Mexican television show Futbol PicanteSanchez said: 

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"“Van Gaal made a bad decision – and it’s not one he’s done for the first time, he’s done it 50,000 times.“I’ve coached and a coach cannot do that to their own player. I’d go out and applaud him and tell him to trust in himself. But that look he gave Giggs… what a scoundrel.“It was a bad game for Chicharito but any player in the world can do that. Van Gaal is a scoundrel; hopefully those in England realise he is a bad person and treats his players poorly.“He should be professional. The players deserve professional and humane treatment.”"

In his farewell message to the club and fans, Hernandez thanked Sir Alex Ferguson but didn’t make any mention about Van Gaal or his predecessor David Moyes, thereby fuelling rumours that the duo had a strained relationship.

"“I want to thank Sir Alex Ferguson and [chief scout] Jim Lawlor, the club staff, all the players I played with, Hernandez said.But I especially want to thank all the Manchester United fans in the UK and all around the world for the incredible support I’ve had this past four years, and all the best wishes they have for me in my new chapter.”"

With Hernandez gone, United are left with only three out-and-out strikers at the club of which one is in very bad form, while the other two (James Wilson, Anthony Martial) seem to be lacking experience. Chicharito’s sale is a strange one considering United’s lack of options in the striking department.

Although Hernandez wasn’t very impressive when he played the entire 90 minutes, he was very effective whilst coming off the bench. It will be interesting to see how Van Gaal manages to juggle with the striking options at his disposal this season, for they are pretty weak on attacking firepower.

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