Former Manchester United and current Barcelona centre-back Gerrard Pique has revealed that he wants the Red Devils to beat their rivals Manchester City to the title, despite Manchester City being managed by his former boss Pep Guardiola.
Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Gerard Piqué started his career in his local team, FC Barcelona’s youth squad.
A product of Barça’s academy, La Masia, Piqué left the club before he signed a professional contract, and signed for Premier League giants Manchester United.
Piqué made his debut for Manchester United in October 2004, as a late replacement for Irish defender John O’Shea in a 3–0 League Cup victory at Crewe Alexandria as a centre back.
He made his full debut on 29 March, 2006, against West Ham United, in an English Premier League match at Old Trafford, playing at right-back.
He signed a new contract with Manchester United in 2005 to extend his stay until 2009. In the 2006-2007 season, he was sent on loan to Spanish side Real Zaragoza.
He made 23 appearances for Manchester United and scored two goals before departing for Barcelona.
On 27 May 2008, Piqué signed a four-year contract with Barcelona, with a €5 million buy-out clause. Barcelona paid a £5 million fee for the player.
He expressed his joy at re-signing with his boyhood club, although he admitted he had enjoyed his spell at Manchester United.
Pique has made a massive 358 appearances for the Catalan club until now. The Spain international enjoyed his most successful spell under former manager Pep Guardiola. However, he says he supports Manchester United more than Guardiola.
“Between Pep and United, I go for the latter,” he told Marca. “I had some really good years there and I’ve always considered it as a second home.
“I’ll always be more of a Red Devil, although I have to admit that I follow City fondly because there are people there I know, like Txiki [Begiristain, City director of football], who helped me come to Barcelona, and teammates like [Jesus] Navas and [David] Silva.”