Player left Old Trafford without saying goodbye to manager Louis Van Gaal.

Javier Hernandez has explained that he joined Bayer Leverkusen after he was told by Louis van Gaal that he only had a “one per cent chance of playing” if he remained with Manchester United.

Hernandez signed a three-year contract with the Bundesliga side in the summer for £7.3million after seeing his first-team opportunities dwindle under Van Gaal at Old Trafford.

The Mexico striker, who scored 59 goals in 157 United appearances, was loaned out to Real Madrid for a season in the summer of 2014, but despite returning to Old Trafford last summer, was told he no longer had a future at the club.

“I didn’t have the intention to leave [on loan in 2014], but I wanted to more playing time. Van Gaal told me that he already had his strikers, that I would have to fight for a place but could take an offer if an opportunity arrives,” Hernandez told Spanish TV show Fiebre Maldini.

“The board told me that I could go on loan to Real Madrid and it was not a difficult decision for me.

“Then I returned to Manchester. I started to have opportunities but one day I spoke with Van Gaal and I had only a 1% chance of playing so I needed to make magic. So I moved to Bayer.”

Hernandez has been in fantasitc form for Bayer and has scored 17 goals already this season for Roger Schmidt’s side. On Saturday he registered a 13 minute hat-trick in Leverkusen’s 5-0 thrashing of in-form Borussia Monchengladbach.