Former Manchester United defender Gerard Pique says that he has never witnessed Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand have a bad game as a partnership.
The duo played together for several years at United. Their quality was the basis behind United winning numerous titles towards the end of Sir Alex Ferguson’s regime. The departure of both players in recent years has been seen as an end of the era. The new-age central defenders are not just required to mark their opposition and keep them out of bay, but also be extremely good on the ball. This was something both Vidic and Ferdinand were good at even during their time according to Pique.
Pique has since returned to Barcelona, where he was one of the products of the youth academy. He has enjoyed an extremely successful spell since moving to the Catalan club. After winning a whole host of trophies under Pep Guardiola,Pique is now enjoying the winning feeling once again under Luis Enrique. After the club managed to win the domestic titles, Barcelona are now aiming for their fifth European cup winner take on Juventus in the final in Berlin.Pique says that his spell at United has been extremely important towards making him into a world-class defender.
“I moved to Manchester United when I was a 17-year-old kid. Nemanja Vidic was five years older than me and Rio Ferdinand nearly nine years and at the time they were the best central defenders in the world. They never had a bad game!I learned so much during my time at United. Sharing a dressing room with Paul Scholes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Ryan Giggs at such a young age was an amazing experience. I didn’t play as much as I would have liked but it was a masters degree in development both as a player and a person,” said Pique.