Gerard Pique certainly showed his ability in the fleeting chances he was given at Manchester United, scoring a couple of goals in Europe as well as proving himself strong defensively. However, with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic too difficult to displace, Pique had to look for other options for his future. With Jonny Evans clearly preferred by the manager, there was no way we were going to be able to keep two great defenders waiting in the wings.

Pique left for Barcelona in the summer, returning to his boyhood club, where he has established himself quickly. He scored a great goal in the weekend’s clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona and will start against Chelsea on Wednesday.

The former United defender has claimed he will always have fond feelings for Manchester United and hopes that the two clubs make the final.

“I would like to thank United for the support they gave me,” Pique said. “I will always carry United in my heart. To play them in the final would be perfect. I had great friends in Manchester. I played with many world-class players and became good friends with Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic and Nani.”