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Pique: Why I Had To Leave Man Utd

Spanish international Gerard Pique has explained the real reason why he left Manchester United for FC Barcelona in 2008.

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The 28-year-old moved to Old Trafford in 2004 and spent four seasons at the club struggling to get regular game time as Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic – arguably the most dominant centre-back pairing in the Premier League at the time – were manager Sir Alex Ferguson's preferred central defenders.

"When I was there, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo, (Ryan) Giggs, (Paul) Scholes, Roy Keane (were there too). We won the Champions League in 2008. We won the league. It was a really, really good team," Pique told The Telegraph.

"The centre backs, Rio Ferdinand, Vidic. I was really unlucky. They never got injured. Then I left and then they started to get injuries! This is football, but I'm not really worried.

"It's true that I was happy in Manchester, even though I didn't play as much as I wanted to.

"But the day I finally signed for Barcelona and I came back, it was 'Wow, the dream comes true'.

"After this, we won a lot of titles and other dreams come true, but the main one was playing for the club that I had supported all my life."

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The Spain defender won the Community Shield, the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League in his final season at United.

Do you think Pique would have turned into a star if he didn't return to Barcelona? Have your say in the comments section below.  

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