Ex-Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez tells them to stop Sir Alex Ferguson’s influence


Javier Hernandez says Manchester United must get over Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure – and let Erik ten Hag run the club his own way.

The great Scot was in charge at Old Trafford for 26 years, with Mexican striker Hernandez instrumental in the title-winning seasons of 2011 and 2013.

The impossible job of replacing Ferguson has seen David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer come and go.

New incumbent Ten Hag is in the headlines after a tricky summer in the transfer market was followed by an opening day home defeat by Brighton.

Sportsmail revealed Ferguson is part of a new United thinktank advising the club alongside former CEO David Gill, former captain Bryan Robson and football director John Murtough.

And LA Galaxy’s Hernandez, 34, says Ten Hag should not have Ferguson’s considerable shadow looming over him.

‘To substitute a man like that is not easy. It is like winning the lottery. Do you think anyone you hire afterwards is going to be able to do 80 per cent of what Ferguson did?

‘My point of view is that after Ferguson brings so much pressure that it just isn’t going to work out,’ said Hernandez.

‘United need to now get over the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson has gone. Would we like to have someone similar? Yes, yes, yes. But Sir Alex has gone and it is never going to be the same.

‘So United have to adapt and allow the next manager to do it in his own way.’

Hernandez scored 59 goals in 159 appearances at Old Trafford and spoke passionately about the club’s fall from grace.

‘The problem is that the other difficulty is that United are not in the Champions League, so some players aren’t going to come.

‘Of course, some players will always want to come to Manchester United. But others won’t come because they’re not in the Champions League.

‘If another club can offer Champions League then who do you choose? You choose the best club for your career. It is so difficult.’

‘United are now in the same process that Liverpool was in when I was in England.

‘Liverpool was Liverpool – but they still struggled until they got a manager who could get rid of players who weren’t good enough for that team.

‘What was it, four years when Liverpool weren’t in the Champions League? That’s a process. United are now a little bit lower than they used to be. But I hope, with every single manager, they start to go up,’ said Hernandez, who will captain the MLS All Stars against their counterparts from Mexico’s Liga MX in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

The Cristiano Ronaldo saga has dragged on all summer for United, with the Portuguese’s future still unclear.

Ronaldo, 37, wants to play Champions League football and came off the bench to play against Brighton.

On his former Real Madrid team-mate, Hernandez added: ‘There is no correct or wrong choice. If there was a formula, an easy formula, we’ll all be experiencing the same experiences in life and we don’t all have our own paths.

‘Time will tell what is there – correct or not correct? Will this turn around good? We will see. That’s the beauty of it. The uncertainty of life. We’ll see. What if he stays and scores 40 goals?’

Hernandez, 34, is in the final year of his current Galaxy deal. His team are three points outside the playoff positions and the regular season ends on October 9.

After United pulled out of a move for Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic, Hernandez was asked if he would consider a return.

‘I know those situations and I know the narratives and I know how it could be there. But obviously, if you are my age with my past, if United come and they say yes, I’ll play for free!

‘I want to be very respectful and consistent. Now my mind, world and convictions are about winning a championship with LA Galaxy.’


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