Hernandez: Ferguson one of the most important people in my life

Javier Hernandez had described Sir Alex Ferguson as one of the most important people in his life and says the pair remain in close contact.

The former Manchester United manager signed the then 22-year old Mexican striker from Chivas de Guadalajara in July 2010 after 80 matches and one championship with the iconic Mexican club.  He became a fan favourite during his time at Old Trafford.

Dubbed the little ‘pea’, Hernandez found himself out of favour following the appointment of Louis Van Gaal in 2014. He was sent out on-loan to Rea Madrid last season, before joining Bayer Leverkusen on a permanent transfer in August.

Hernandez was quoted saying ““For me he is the best. He gave me the chance to make my dream come true, to play first of all in Europe and in one of the biggest clubs in football history.”

Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson

“I always say that, for me, Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the most important people in my life. I’m still in touch with him and when I played in the Champions League [for Real Madrid last season] before the Atletico Madrid game he texted me. We have a lot of contact.”

“When I was going to Madrid on loan I spoke with him in person. I went to his house and we spoke very well. We keep in contact as good as we can – obviously he has a lot of things to do and spend time with his family, that’s why he retired.

“I’m also in another country and trying to do my best as well”, he added.

Scoring 14 goals in 20 league appearances, Hernandez has proved a success in the Bundesliga, ranking fourth in the league’s scoring race despite missing several matches. The 27 year-old has insisted he has no ill feeling towards Dutchman Van Gaal for not having the opportunity to prove himself at Old Trafford.

“Of course it’s disappointing when someone doesn’t give you 100 per cent confidence in the world, but I say thank you to him to his face and also now.”

“I always say that he was very honest. He said if I get a good offer and the club like it and I like it he will be happy to let me go.”

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Sam May

Sam May is a Sports Journalism student currently studying at the University of Chester. He’s part of the media team at Tranmere Rovers Football Club and complete’s their official home match reports. Aspiring to be a senior Sports Journalist or TV Commentator, he has completed a work placement with The Daily Mail. Other work lined up includes: The Independent, Press Association, Liverpool Echo, Shoot Magazine and Plymouth Argyle Football Club. Follow Sam: @Sam95May