Revealed: Ferdinand explains why Chicharito never made it at Man Utd

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed why Javier Hernandez never made it at Old Trafford.

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The Mexico international has always had a solid goal record, but Louis van Gaal still allowed him to leave the Red Devils in 2015.

The 28-year-old has gone on to become a vital player for Bayer Leverkusen, where he netted a brilliant 26 goals in 40 appearances last season.

‘I think at Manchester United he always felt there was someone else in front of him,’ Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

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‘There was a Wayne Rooney, a Robin Van Persie, there were strikers that he felt were always going to be number one no matter what he did.

‘So that is a heavy weight on the shoulders of confidence for a player.

‘I think you saw that before with Diego Forlan at Man Utd. Everyone knew he was a quality player but he had Ruud van Nistelrooy in front of him.

‘So when he got the opportunity the confidence wasn’t always there. Yeah, Chicharito scored goals, he put up good numbers, 15-20 goals a season, but as a starter for Man Utd maybe he didn’t have the impact always.

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‘I think that was largely down to not having the confidence supremely from the manager.’

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