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Barcelona's Pique: Man Utd have best defensive pairing in world

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique admits he had to quit Manchester United because their defensive pairing of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand "is the best in the world".

Pique said: "At United, I had instilled in me a philosophy of hard work and sportsmanship to keep for my entire life. Playing in Europe as a 17 year-old was a dream come true.

"But I had to leave. In my position were the best pair of central defenders in the world: Rio Ferdinand and Vidic."

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