Two former Manchester United players got in touch via Twitter this week.
The Mexican international left United last summer, moving to German club Bayer Leverkusen despite being a fan favourite at the Red Devils, and he has wasted little time proving Louis van Gaal wrong, scoring 18 goals in just 21 appearances this season.
That is a phenomenal return, and yet it will not surprise those United fans who knew Hernandez was one of the most naturally gifted finishers the club had seen for many years.
That was a feeling seemingly echoed by Ferdinand, who wrote the following on Twitter in acknowledgement of Hernandez’s recent achievements: “Hate to say it, I told you all Chicharito would score if given (a) run of games. Good to see you enjoying your football, bro.”
The 27-year-old wasted was quick to respond, writing simply: “Thanks, Rio.”
Hernandez’s form is another kick in the teeth for United fans who cannot quite fathom what is going on at their club right now.
Van Gaal sold a considerable amount of goal-scoring threat in the summer in the form of Hernandez, Robin van Persie, Angelo Henriquez, Angel Di Maria and Nani. But those signed have – for the most part – failed to impress, with only Anthony Martial showing glimpses of the outstanding player he looks destined to become.
Hate to say it... I told you all @CH14_ would score if given run of games.!!! Good to see you enjoying Ya football bro— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) December 16, 2015