Gerard Pique explains why he left Manchester United

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has admitted his Manchester United career could have been so different had it not been for Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

The Spaniard moved to Old Trafford in 2004 before returning to the Camp Nou in 2008 having made just 12 league appearances for the Red Devils.

Ferdinand and Vidic formed one of the best central defensive partnerships in Premier League history and Pique found game time hard to come by.


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Vidic joined Manchester United in 2006 and the two defenders were ever-presents in the side. However, once Pique rejoined Barcelona for £5 million, the two began to pick up injuries.

But the World Cup-winning defender does not regret leaving Manchester and described it as a 'dream' to rejoin his boyhood club.

As per the Telegraph, Pique said: “The centre-backs, Rio Ferdinand, Vidic. I was really unlucky. They never got injured. Then I left and then they started to get injuries! This is football, but I’m not really worried.

“It’s true that I was happy in Manchester even though I didn’t play as much as I wanted to.

“But the day I finally signed for Barcelona and I came back it was ‘wow, the dream comes true’. After this, we won a lot of titles and other dreams come true, but the main one was playing for the club that I had supported all my life.”

Pique did scoop Premier League and Champions League winner's medal before moving back to Spain.

But since rejoining the Blaugrana he has won five La Liga titles, four Copa del Reys, three more Champions Leagues, plues the World Cup and the European Championships with Spain.

Manchester United fans, was it the right decision from Sir Alex Ferguson to let Gerard Pique rejoin Barcelona? Have your say in the comments section below

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