Rio Ferdinand's return to Manchester United as an opposition player was not one he will want to remember in a hurry, on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline.
The defender could do little to prevent a resurgent United side hitting their stride, and he was unusually quiet on Twitter after the game.
Just over 24 hours after the loss, Ferdinand, who has been in the papers all day due to the serialisation of his autobiography, issued a short statement on his 5mag magazine website.
It read: "We went to Old Trafford with a game plan to compete and to get a result, but it didn’t happen. A different result would have made it a perfect weekend all round but it wasn’t to be.
"As a team we will work hard during the week and try to repay your faith at home against Stoke on Saturday. Onwards and Upwards!
"I would also like to take time to thank Manchester United. I want to thank the fans for the fantastic reception and I would like to thank the club for presenting me with a brilliant picture book from the past 12 years of my time at the club. To receive the picture book from Sir Bobby Charlton, a Man Utd legend was a great honour!"
Ferdinand did his utmost to keep the score respectable, but was run ragged by his former side all day.
While he made nine successful clearances, he failed to make a single tackle and registered only one interception. He will certainly not be looking forward to meeting United again in a hurry.