Javier Hernandez Joins Bayer Leverkusen

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Javier Hernandez has left Manchester United on a permanent basis, and signed for German side Bayer Leverkusen on a three-year deal.

Chicharito leaves United after five years at the club, although last season was spent on loan at European giants Real Madrid.

An unknown prospect when Sir Alex Ferguson signed him from C.D. Guadalajara for £6m, this looked like a swift move signing him before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where Hernandez impressed for Mexico, scoring two goals in their four games.

20 goals in 45 games in his debut season soon followed, including a vital 85th minute header to secure a 1-0 win over Everton at Old Trafford in April, and scoring after 36 seconds in what was essentially a title decider at home to Chelsea, in a 2-1 victory in May.

36 appearances apiece came in the following two campaigns, scoring 12 and then 18 goals respectively.

Under David Moyes, however, his form reduced, failing to hit double figures in terms of goals despite featuring in a similar number of games.

The arrival of Louis van Gaal did little for Hernandez either, playing the first half in United’s opening day defeat to Swansea City and the League Cup humiliation to MK Dons, before being sent to Madrid for the campaign.

A restricted pre-season due to his involvement in the Gold Cup didn’t harm his chances of making United’s matchday squads for August, coming on in three of the six games.

This did, however, include a squandered penalty and open goal miss away to Club Brugge in the second leg of the Champions League play-off round, and this prompted a move to Germany, to replace Heung-Min Son – now of Tottenham Hotspur – at Bayer.

His attitude and professionalism is second to none, with a smile ever-present on his baby face, and his super-sub status and likeness to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made him a firm favourite amongst supporters, where he scored 59 goals in 157 games in total and won two Premier League titles.

Sadly, his time at Old Trafford is over, and we wish the Little Pea all the best with his future.

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