Ahead of Manchester United's Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, boss Louis van Gaal has been afforded the chance to be rather smug.
“I think the Premier League isn’t so easy but I knew that in advance," the Dutchman told reporters yesterday during his pre-match press conference. "We’ve managed to win our last five matches despite our list of injuries and I’m pleased by that.
“I think what he said at that moment was the truth and I have experienced that, that way also."
Van Gaal, of course, was referring to Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers' warning earlier this season about the intensity and difficulty of the Premier League.
Going into Sunday's game, Manchester United are third in the table and, although they have been playing well below par, are on a superb run results-wise. What Rodgers wouldn't give for five wins in a row despite a poor string of performances.
And, with hindsight, it is absolutely laughable that Rodgers had the nerve to 'warn' Van Gaal. It is reminiscent, in fact, of a young chihuahua taking on an experienced rottweiller and telling him how things go down in battle.
Whether Liverpool win on Sunday or not, and whether the 41-year-old pulls things round and becomes the hero at Anfield again or not, his least appealing quality is undeniably his arrogance.
The arrogance to continually play the likes of Glen Johnson every week, knowing full well he isn't good enough for a club of Liverpool's standards. The arrogance to shame Tottenham Hotspur for reckless spending before going on to do the exact same thing himself. The arrogance to accuse Southampton of lacking ambition when they are now performing better than the Reds.
And the arrogance to tell Van Gaal, a Champions League winner, that he should be careful during his debut season in the Premier League. Just like with his Tottenham and Southampton comments, Rodgers' words have once more come back to bite him, leaving him red faced - yet again.