Gerard Pique, who has gone on to help his club win the European Cup and country win the World Cup since leaving United, has spoken of the great help Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand were in his career.

“I learnt a lot, above all from Rio and Vidic who play in my position,” said Pique. “Playing with them was a unique experience. They help you so much on the pitch and show you how to move, to position yourself, to make the right decisions and that is a great experience. You could pay to have those types of lessons anywhere.”