Gerard Pique faced the press ahead of Barcelona’s game against Manchester City tomorrow night and admitted that Manchester United will always be his second team after Barcelona.
The 27-year-old spent four years at the club before moving back to Barcelona in 2008 where he has since gone on to become one of the best centre backs in the world for both club and country.
Speaking at the conference, he insisted that Manchester will always have a place in his heart and how he does wish he could have played more for the club.
He said: “Manchester is very special for me. Obviously I would have liked to play more. Manchester United is my second team after Barca.”
Pique’s career at Manchester United never got off the ground simply because it was just badly timed.
He was unlucky for the fact he was ready to play for our first team just when the partnership of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand was formed – he didn’t really stand a chance of breaking through.
When asked whether he’d consider joining City in the future, Pique was blunt in his response – never. He’s still got a soft spot for United and the fans do too.
Pique asked if he had his time again, would he join United or City: "Definitely United."
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN) February 17, 2014
Earlier this week, Pique also admitted in an interview with The Telegraph that Sir Alex Ferguson’s personal effort to sign him back in 2004 was what persuaded him to move to Old Trafford, something which gives a real insight into how Ferguson’s man management abilities.
He said: “I remember that first of all Arsenal were interested in me and I had a meeting with Arsene Wenger. I was close to going to Arsenal but the year before Cesc Fabregas went there and Arsenal and Barcelona were in a little fight and they didn’t want to do the same with me. Manchester United came in and finally I went there.
“Before I signed we had a dinner with Sir Alex Ferguson and my family and I was surprised, because he was the coach of Man United for 20 years and he had the time to come and speak with my family and with me. I was just a young kid who had never played for a professional team but he had the time for me. We were grateful to have him in that dinner. It shows a lot about him and how he worked at United.”
“In those years they [Vidic and Ferdinand] were one of the best pairs of centre-backs in the world. We are talking about top quality players in that position and it was really difficult for me to get in and get games. I remember the year I went to Zaragoza on loan. I had a great season and played really well. When I came back he [Ferguson] said to me – definitely you will play a minimum of 25 games, but it wasn’t like that at the end of the season, so I spoke with him, and Barcelona came in. It was the best option for both of us.”