Javier Hernandez believes former club Manchester United need to adapt and finally get over the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson if they want to return to the top.
The Scot ended his masterful, medal-strewn coaching stint at Old Trafford in 2013, having won 13 league titles and two Champions League titles among his impressive trophies.
Hernandez was part of Ferguson’s last Premier League title win and has watched from afar as United faltered for much of the ensuing nine years.
The LA Galaxy forward hates the way things have turned out for a club he holds so much affection for and believes the Old Trafford giants need to focus on what’s coming, not on what they lost.
When asked if United’s fall surprised him, Hernandez said: “That’s a very tricky question, man. Because I will answer yes and no.
“It doesn’t surprise me because in life it’s not easy to have a manager for 26 years like Sir Alex did.
“In my humble opinion one of his greatest skills was that probably seven out of ten players who signed for United worked. It’s not easy man – not for Real Madrid or Barcelona or even Chelsea, City, Liverpool or Bayern Munich.
“It hasn’t been easy for 26 years but Sir Alex has been very good on the personal side to see how he can get the best out of you and how you can help the club.
“Replacing this man like that is not easy. It’s like winning the lottery.
“Do you think someone you hire after that will be able to do 80 percent of what Ferguson did?
“My view is that Ferguson is pushing so hard it’s just not going to work out.
“United now have to get over the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson has left.
“Would we like to have someone similar? Yes Yes Yes. But Sir Alex is gone and things will never be the same again.
“So United have to adapt and allow the next manager to do it his own way.”
Hernandez hopes his former club “start the climb” under new boss Erik ten Hag, whose progress in the role has been stymied by United’s struggles in the transfer market.
Understanding why players would prefer Champions League football, Hernandez compared the Old Trafford giants’ challenging period to the time rivals Liverpool endured when they played in England.
The slow recovery is one of the reasons Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to leave the club where he was so successful under Ferguson after just a year.
“I’m just thinking of myself or a player, what would I do? What would have helped me?” Hernandez said when asked about his former Real Madrid teammate. “He’s very different from everyone else, you know?
“Well I understand him, then time will tell what’s there – right or wrong? Will this turn out for the better? We will see.
“That’s the beauty of it. The uncertainty of life. We will see. What if he stays and scores 40 goals?”
United and Ten Hag would love to have said repeatedly throughout the summer that the veteran star is staying put, but steps are afoot to step up the attack.
Speaking to Hernandez that his former club are in the market for a striker, the 34-year-old said with a laugh: “Man I mean there are those situations and I know the narratives because of my age and my past.
“If United came for me, I would say: ‘Yes, I’m playing for free.’ You know, of course I would.
“But I also want to be very respectful towards my club. I play very consistently and in my head and in my world it’s all about winning a championship with LA Galaxy.
“But to achieve this result, I try every day to be as healthy as possible and as good as possible.
“In the future, things will happen when they happen. But in my mind, I’m 100 percent with LA.”
Hernandez joined Galaxy two and a half years ago and loves life in Major League Soccer, whose All-Star team he leads against their Mexican league counterparts in Minneapolis on Wednesday.
“I think MLS has been so focused on making the league (successful) and don’t be obsessed with coming back quickly,” he said of the league’s continued growth. “They see the big picture, they see the long way.
“You can see further than some other countries or some other leagues decide because I think they’re a bit obsessed with the direct advantage and just win as fast as we can, we do.
“I think what MLS has done is that. Just learn a little bit from all the leagues around the world, learn a lot more from Mexico because we’re neighbors at the end. They just did it their own way but took and added some things to show how we can improve.
“Obviously investing not just money, investing time and investing in hiring the right people, not just as players, as managers or employees.
“But what location are we doing in MLS, what teams are we allowing to form teams and not to form teams. There are a lot of organizational strategies that I think MLS have done pretty well so far.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/alex-ferguson-manchester-united-javier-hernandez-premier-league-erik-ten-hag-b2141785.html Manchester United must overcome the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, claims Javier Hernandez