Gerard Pique considers Manchester United his second home
What's the story?
In case you didn't know
Gerard Pique was a part of Manchester United for four years where he played a bit part role in his younger days. He even won a Champions League trophy with the club before he returned to Barcelona as his boyhood club paid £5 million for him.
The heart of the matter
On Friday, in the draw, Barcelona were pitted against Manchester United as it set up a mouth-watering quarterfinal tie. The two giants of European football have faced each other multiple times on Europe's grandest stage. While both have enjoyed their share of success over each other, Barcelona have won two finals against Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men would be looking for revenge when they take on Barcelona in April. Both the teams have been in brilliant since the turn of the year both in league and Champions League. While Manchester United pulled off an incredible comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in Paris, Barcelona completed the job against Lyon in the Round of 16.
Gerard Pique was a part of La Masia before he was signed by Manchester United. While his talent was evident, it was difficult for him to break into the first team as United had Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand in the centre of the defence. Barcelona brought him back to Catalonia after he enjoyed Champions League success with Manchester United in 2008.
Since then Gerard Pique has become one of the greatest defenders of this generation. The Barcelona defender has still not forgotten Manchester United as he talks fondly about the club where he spent his formative years. Today he retweeted Manchester United's tweet where the club shared the news that they will be playing Barcelona in Champions League.
Gerard Pique wrote in the caption that Manchester United is his second home.
Manchester United have not qualified for Champions League semifinal since 2011 when they lost the final against Barcelona. On the other hand, Barcelona have suffered three consecutive quarterfinal exits in the UCL. Both the giants of European football would do everything to win the tie.