The Mexican international traded the Red Devils for the Spanish capital last summer, moving on a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer.
After seemingly falling out of favour at Old Trafford, his switch to the Santiago Bernabeu left many scratching their heads as to his reasoning given Los Blancos’ array of attacking wealth.
Unsurprisingly, Hernandez – commonly known as Chicharito - has spent most of the campaign watching from the side-lines, playing a total of just 63 minutes in La Liga since the turn of the New Year.
Even while Madrid have struggled for form, the United goal scorer has been restricted to just late substitute appearances here and there, prompting evident frustrations.
Speaking ahead of his side’s clash against La Liga minnows Granada on Sunday, Ancelotti has sympathised with his striker by telling reporters he understands his situation.
“I fully understand him because during the past month, there were other players who didn’t get to play at all like him - Illarra and Coentrão,” the Italian coach explained.
“I can understand his frustration but I have explained to everyone in the squad that all of them are going to be needed.”
Chicharito has appeared in a total of 13 La Liga matches this season, scoring three goals, including a Goal of the Season contender during the early season 8-2 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna.
He is fully expected to return to Old Trafford at the end of the campaign, though his future with Louis van Gaal’s side is still undecided amid speculation of a move elsewhere, as per a report in the Mirror.