Manchester United Champions League Winner Gives Verdict On Stunning Return To Old Trafford
Gerard Pique has ruled out a move back to Manchester United - and no one is that surprised, really.
The Barcelona legend had spent time at Old Trafford in the early days of his career but moved on to the Nou Camp, where he has become one of the club's greatest ever players, helping the side win La Liga titles, three Champions League trophies, while winning the World Cup and European Championship with Spain.
Things haven't been great at Man United.
I half expected Mourinho to break into R-E-S-P-E-C-T as he walked out last night.- Kathryn Batte (@KathrynBatte) August 28, 2018
Mourinho wanted Perisic and Alderweireld (two massive areas of weaknesses) and whatever you think of him or his targets or his playing style or the way he conducts himself at least he knows where we need to improve and for Woodward to veto those just seems wrong to me.- Anna_MUFC (@mufc_anna) August 28, 2018
On Jose Mourinho's press conference: when you spend a decade very successfully pushing the notion that winning is the only thing that matters, you don't then get to turn around and plead - two years into a job - that the process somehow makes up for lack of end result.- Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) August 28, 2018
Mourinho's lost it, frankly. He's never getting back to his 2004 pomp. The game has moved on and he hasn't adapted. Him talking up his three league titles (same as 'specialist in failure' Wenger) smacks of a man living in the past.- Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) August 28, 2018
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And one cheeky reporter quizzed the veteran defender on whether he would consider a move back to the Premier League.
The centre-back said via Daily Star: "I don't think so. I'm very happy here.
"It's my home, with my family and friends, and playing for the club I always dreamed to play, and I hope to win more titles here."
He could not do it in the Premier league and what's more he's past his sell by date.- Malc.Moore52 (@Malcmoore52) August 28, 2018
The 31-year-old then gave his analysis of the Premier League.
"I think Jurgen Klopp is doing a great job at Liverpool. The style of play is the opposite of (Pep) Guardiola," Pique said.
"They like to counter-attack and have very quick players up front who score goals - like Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane."
"It will be a challenge for City as Liverpool have a great team and I think it will be quite exciting."
"I think it's difficult (to win the Premier League). City have a great team but I think they are slightly favourites."
Barcelona, last season's La Liga champions, have started their season well, but everyone knows their real ambition is on winning the Champions League trophy, something their biggest rivals, Real Madrid, have done plenty of times in recent years.
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