Gerard Pique has reflected on his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United in an interview with The Independent. Pique joins the long list of ex-players who has so many nice things to say about the manager.

“My style suits Barcelona’s style of play,” said Pique. “I came through the system here and the way I play now is the way I was taught to play when I was a kid. But my relationship with Ferguson was always very good. He knew I had the quality to be a good central defender I will always be grateful to him for the way he treated me.”

A year after winning the European Cup with United in 2008, Pique lined up against United in the European Cup final with Barcelona, and went on to win.

“To find myself up against the players who just a year earlier I had shared a piece of history with was very emotional and to see Ferguson again was special. We spoke after the game and he said that we had been worthy winners and that meant a lot to me.”