Manchester United's senior players made life tough, says Gerard Pique
Barcelona and Spain defender Gerard Pique has made some shocking claims that his former club’s teammates were a*****es during his time at Manchester United. The Catalan joined Manchester United in 2004 after he left Barcelona’s youth team to join Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
The 29-year-old signed his first professional contract with the Red Devils before being sold back to Barcelona, where he has gone on to make over 200 appearances. He has won numerous trophies throughout his career before even turning 30.
Pique has won Premier League and Champions League with United and after joining Barcelona, he has picked up six La Liga trophies and three Champions League trophies. Pique has also won UEFA Euro twice and the FIFA World Cup with Spain.
When speaking about the integration of youth into the international squad, the Spaniard bluntly said: “They adapt very well, it’s not like before.” He added: “When I was seventeen, eighteen years old and tried to make the jump to the first team at Manchester United, it was much more difficult, senior players were a*****es.”
When jokingly asked by one journalist “Muy cab**nes?”, which means ‘too many bu*****t, the former United man affirmatively said: “Muy cab**nes!”
“Now you make a little joke and it seems to be a crime,” Pique added. “I remember when Gerard Deulofeu went to the first team, and he was going to sit at a dinner, I removed the chair, he fell and I got a scolding. They did it to us every day!”
Sergio(Ramos) and I have never had a problem: Pique
The Barcelona man is set to star in the Euro 2016 representing Spain. They are going to play the Czech Republic on June 13. He will line up alongside rival club Real Madrid’s player Sergio Ramos, against whom he has played in a number of El Clasicos.
He said: “I’ve always had a good relationship with him, but people look for what sells, that’s the problem. Sergio and I have never had a problem. Like many, between the clubs, there was a spell when the relations weren’t the best. Everyone knows that and we talked at the time, but personally we have never had problems.”