Camp Nou

Next Game

Barcelona v Elche

Sunday, 24 August 2014, 16:00

Spanish Primera BBVA

Pique proud of United career

Gerard Pique remains 'very proud' of his time at Manchester United, but says he always anticipated that he would return to Barcelona.

Last Updated: 10/04/13 at 16:26 Post Comment

Gerard Pique: Barcelona defender proud of his time at Manchester United

Gerard Pique: Barcelona defender proud of his time at Manchester United

The defender joined United as a 17-year-old and made 23 appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson's side before heading back to Barcelona.

He has twice beaten United in a UEFA Champions League final, but the 26-year-old looks back fondly on his time at Old Trafford.

"The kid who went to Manchester was a boy of 17 who found himself in a changing room full of stars and had a wonderful time," Pique told the Daily Telegraph. "I remember when I was called to train with the first team, it was wonderful.

"That prepared me for what was coming, for the return to Barcelona. Without that pressure, I would have been a bit green when I came here.

"I am very proud of my three years there, of having decided to go to Manchester first - at 17 it was the perfect time for me to leave home because it helped make me as a person.

"I am proud to have been part of a Sir Alex Ferguson team. Even though every time I meet him I tell him that he got it wrong with me!"

However, like his Barcelona team-mate and former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, the Spain international knew he would always return to Camp Nou at some stage of his career.

He added: "You want to come back. This is the best club in the world, you get titles, enjoy the style, are at home. If you leave it is because you don't see the road clear to the top.

"When Cesc and I left, in the same year, we had a great team with Messi in it. We were beating everybody but I took the risk of leaving all that behind and test myself.

"But everybody that leaves does so thinking, 'I will be back one day'."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

ted, manchester
The Insecure Gossip

H

e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

notalentjones
Benteke ignoring speculation

I

n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

FairyNuff
Shaw told to shape up

Footer 365

Premier League: Yaya Toure happy to stay at Manchester City

Yaya Toure has reaffirmed his commitment to Manchester City, insisting he wants to stay for "as long as possible".

Champions League: Henning Berg hopeful of Legia Warsaw's chances against Celtic

Legia Warsaw boss Henning Berg hopes his side can get a positive result against Celtic in their Champions League tie.

Premier League: Ross Barkley signs new four-year contract at Everton

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has signed a new four-year deal with the club.

Mail Box

Youth Development Has To Be The Future

A varied Mailbox has thoughts on transfer targets, youth development, the obsession over 3-5-2, some innovative Blackpool suggestions and why Real bought Kroos...

Don't You Worry About Southampton...

We can't help but agree with one mailboxer who tries to calm the crisis-mongers gathering around Southampton, while we have mails on Man United's squad...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property