Manchester United loanee Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez was on target again for Real Madrid as they trashed Levante 5-0 in La Liga.
The Mexican international was the subject of one of the more surprising transfers of the summer as he swapped Old Trafford for the Santiago Bernabeu on loan.
Under new Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal, Chicharito’s prospects of playing regular first-team football were slim yet many observers felt a move to the Spanish capital would see similar results.
However, squad rotation in the striker role as been more frequent in Madrid and Hernandez made his sixth appearance of the season when starting for Los Blancos yesterday.
The absence of the injured Karim Benzema did little to hinder the La Liga giant’s rhythm as Chicharito contributed greatly to a comfortable afternoon for Ancelotti’s side.
Playing the full 90 minutes, the United loanee won the penalty for Cristiano Ronaldo to open the scoring and notched Madrid’s second with a clinical downward header from just inside the six yard box.
Aside from his goal and assist, the 26-year-old had three shots on goal, created two chances while maintaining an 81.8% pass success rate.
His goal meant it was his third La Liga strike since joining his new club and in just 144 minutes of action, it makes him the league’s second most efficient goal scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
Speaking to the Spanish publication AS after the game, Hernandez revealed there is still room for improvement both from himself and the team.
“The most important is the victory, although it wasn’t perfect because there is always something we can improve," he said. “There will be games where we win comfortably and then those that cost us. It is always better to win. The coach always asks us for more attitude and balance and we are happy with the result.”