The sale of Javier Hernandez may have seemed like a sensible bit of business to Louis van Gaal at the time but the Mexican’s goalscoring stats for Bayer Leverkusen this season suggest the Manchester United manager may have made a grave error.
Because, while Manchester United have mostly toiled in front of goal in the Premier League and Champions League, Hernandez has been nothing short of a revelation.
A brace in Leverkusen’s 3-1 away win over Eintracht Frankfurt took Chicharito’s Bundesliga tally for the season up to six, but it’s his return in all competitions that really stands out with the Mexican racking up 12 goals in just 15 games.
He heads into a Champions League group phase encounter with BATE Borisov is sublime form too, as one statistic from Infostrada Sports demonstrates:
Javier Hernández has now scored at least once in his last 7 appearances for Leverkusen in all competitions (9 goals in total) #SGEB04— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) November 21, 2015
By contrast, United’s highest scoring striker in the league is Anthony Martial on three goals – half Hernandez’s domestic tally – while Juan Mata is their top scorer in the Premier League on four.
After THAT penalty miss against Club Brugge in Champions League qualifying, the sale of Chicharito was probably welcomed by the majority of United fans.
That may not be the case any longer.