FORMER Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has backed Louis van Gaal, claiming the Dutchman is a top manager.
The Mexico international – who scored 37 goals in 103 appearances for the Red Devils – left Old Trafford at the beginning of the season after being told he wouldn’t get game time.
German side Bayer Leverkusen were quick to snap Hernandez up for a bargain £7.3million and the 27-year-old has rewarded them by netting an impressive 26 times in all competitions so far this season.
Van Gaal’s position as United manager has been in doubt for several month, with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho strongly tipped to be in charge at Old Trafford next season.
However, Hernandez somewhat surprisingly praised Van Gaal, claiming he needs more time to succeed.
“He is a really good manager to be honest,” said Hernandez.
“He has his own ways like all the managers in the world.
“You will not find the new Sir Alex Ferguson in the next 50 or 100 years because he was unique. He was special.
“Van Gaal can do it but in football, time and results are going to speak about if he is the main man or if he is not.”
Interesting comments from Hernandez – but thoughts not likely to be shared by too many United fans.
The general consensus is that Van Gaal has had more than enough time – and transfer funds – to have overseen far greater improvement than he has.
In fact, many would argue the club have gone backwards since the Dutchman’s arrival.
Should Van Gaal be given more time?