My tribe

Ferdinand believes Pique improved after leaving Man Utd

Rio Ferdinand feels the nature of English football was never going to bring the best out of Barcelona centre half Gerard Pique and that a move to Spain hjas seen him blossom. Pique signed for United as a teenager in 2004 and went on to make 23 appearances in a four-year spell that was punctuated by a year on loan with Real Zaragoza, before a move to Barcelona in 2008 and a series of trophies with the Spanish giants.

"Everyone knew Pique had talent," said Ferdinand. "But English football is different.

"If you asked him if he could have been where he is now if he had been playing for Manchester United, he would probably have said 'I don't know'.

"When you get a chance, you have to take it. He has gone to Spain, is winning trophies with Barcelona and is doing fantastically well, so you have to give him credit for that."

 It's kicking off again! Click here for your No1 source for Manchester United transfer market news and gossip.

About the author

Dave Williams

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?