Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is grateful for his time at Manchester United.

Pique never cracked it as a senior player at Old Trafford before returning to Barca to make his fortune.

"I had the great privilege to be managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, one of the best coaches and to be able to play alongside some world-class players: Ronaldo, Scholes, Van Nistelrooy, Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Vidic ... to name a few.

"The experience and cooperation with the British players has given me the determination to win, the fighting spirit. I am wearing that today."