The story goes that Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger had their pick of the Barcelona youth side, and whilst Wenger opted for a young Cesc Fabregas, Fergie signed Gerard Pique.
He joined us in 2004 and is still looking to leave his mark on United, struggling to do so with the strong defensive pairing of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic standing in his way. He has however had some match time this season, particularly in the Champions League, where he has scored two goals.
He put in impressive displays when playing from the start against Wigan and Villa, but unfortunately, the moment that is likely to stick in the mind of most reds is the defensive error he made against Bolton, gifting them their goal in United’s 1-0 defeat at the Reebok.
Pique hasn’t featured for United, from the start or the bench, since Boxing Day, despite United struggling defensively at times due to the absence of Neville and Evra.
He has talked about his admiration for Ferdinand and Vidic, acknowledging what a great team they make, and despite frustration, is still confident he’ll get his chance to prove himself.
“They complement each other very well,” Pique tells the March issue of Inside United. “They’re two of the best in the world, both strong in the air and good on the ball. And they show their qualities all the time, not only in games, but every day in training. They’re always striving to improve. I know I have to work just as hard, if not harder than they do if I want to play and that’s what I’m trying to do. It’s frustrating because I’d like to be playing every week, but at the same time I’m learning from two of the best. I’m confident my chance will arrive. So I have no problem with it.”
Does Pique have a future at United?