Gerard Pique says Sir Alex Ferguson was a father figure to him at Manchester United – but a broken promise from the manager saw the defender depart for Barcelona.
Pique moved to United from Barcelona as a 17-year-old and spent four years at the club, including a year on loan at Real Zaragoza.
Speaking to The Player’s Tribune, the Spain international admits he spent many nights in tears as he struggled to adapt to a new country.
Eventually he began to establish himself at Old Trafford, but Ferguson lost faith in the centre-back following a defeat at Bolton, and he decided to return to Barcelona in part due to a broken promise from the Red Devils boss.
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