Manchester United are interested in making a January move for Barcelona’s Gerard Pique, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
The 27-year-old was left on the bench for Barcelona’s most recent game against Levante and the arrival of Jeremy Mathieu has seen him relegated to a rotation player alongside Javier Mascherano so far this season.
Barcelona’s policy of rotation has been vindicated so far given that they have not conceded a goal in five consecutive victories.
Of course, United fans know Pique very well from the four years he spent at the club but he was forced to leave in order to gain first-team football as Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were in their prime.
If Louis van Gaal is looking for an experienced centre-back who is comfortable playing out from the back with the ball, then Pique would certainly be a good fit.
Pique would also fit the current influx of Spanish speaking players at Old Trafford with the likes of Di Maria, Mata, Falcao and Herrera now bringing a foreign feel to United’s first-team.
United’s current defensive woes have come as no surprise following the plethora of injuries to an already thin squad which has left United with very few options at the back, so the addition of a world class centre-back is considered the prerogative in the next transfer window.