Javier Hernandez says Louis van Gaal gave him a one per cent chance of playing at Manchester United which prompted his exit from the club.
Hernandez left United in the summer to join Bayer Leverkusen after five years at the club during which he won two Premier League titles and scored 59 goals in 157 games.
However, while United have struggled for goals this season with only Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney to call upon, the prolific 27-year-old has been in impressive form for Bayer with 18 goals in 21 games.
But the striker claims he was told he was very unlikely to feature for United under Van Gaal.
“Van Gaal said that I only had a one per cent chance of playing in my position, so I headed to Bayer,” he is quoted as saying by Marca.
“I felt confident from the very first day. I feel important, not just because of my goals, but because I feel that I’ll start every game.”
The Mexico international also spoke in glowing terms about Sir Alex Ferguson, who gave him his chance at Man Utd.
“I’m so grateful to Ferguson,” Hernandez said. “I think he’s the best there’s ever been, especially his squad management skills.
“Every player had his place. A squad player could still play 15 games a season. He opened the door to Europe for me and I won two league titles there.”