So it will have pleased him as much as anybody else that his performance on Tuesday night proved his goalscoring instincts have not deserted him. The movement he displayed as he peeled away from his marker to make room to head in Shinji Kagawa's cross on 25 minutes echoed the runs that brought him 20 goals in his first season at Old Trafford.
That was pleasing in itself and Hernandez certainly celebrated his goals with gusto. But you got the feeling that as much as his two headers rescued the Reds from Champions League defeat, it was the moment in which he was substituted and Old Trafford stood as one, united in praise for a performance of the highest order, that the Mexican will cherish most.
His Braga brace announced to the world that Chicharito is back. Just as importantly, so is the winning smile.