Manchester United loanee Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez endured a disappointing Real Madrid debut, as he made little impact during his new side’s 2-1 defeat at home to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.
The Mexican international’s Manchester United future was uncertain throughout pre-season as new boss Louis Van Gaal mulled his striking options.
Chicharito did have a positive impact during the Red Devils’ tour of America, finding the net in an impressive 3-1 win over Real Madrid, although his involvement at the start of United’s Premier League campaign was minimal - and the 4-0 League Cup loss at MK Dons all-but ended his hopes of winning a long-term place in Van Gaal’s new-look Manchester United side.
Approaching the end of the transfer window, the 26-year-old was linked with a move to Serie A, before Real Madrid came in with a hard-to-turn-down offer to take him on loan.
With the score-line locked at 1-1, Chicharito pulled on the famous white shirt as he replaced Karim Benzema with just under 30 minutes remaining.
Chicharito's dream debut quickly turned into a nightmare, however, as he struggled to make an impact before Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan fired in the winner 15 minutes from time.
During his 27 minutes (plus stoppage time) gracing the Santiago Bernabeu, the former Manchester United favourite only touched the ball six times – roughly one touch every five minutes of play.
Despite Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti’s side pushing for a goal, the game simply passed the former Chivas striker by, and his only notable contributions were picking up a yellow card and completing just three of his six attempted passes.
According to WhoScored.com, Chicharito recorded an average rating of 5.94 – the lowest of any player involved from both sides.
In what was supposed to be Chicharito’s finest moment of his career to date, the final whistle was greeted with jeers and whistles from Real Madrid’s demanding supporters as problems mount for Ancelotti and his team of superstars.