Manchester United’s senior players “were a**holes” during Gerard Pique’s time at the club, the Barcelona and Spain defender has revealed.
Pique spent four years at Old Trafford after joining the club’s youth system in 2004, but struggled to break into the first team.
The Spaniard played just 23 games across four seasons in all competitions, before leaving for Barcelona in 2008, winning the Premier and Champions League in his final season with United.
Pique has since become an integral member of both the Barca squad and the Spanish national team, winning six La Liga titles and a further three Champions Leagues at the Nou Camp, as well as a World Cup and a European Championship.
Discussing the influx of more inexperienced players into Vicente del Bosque’s Spain squad, with Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin the youngest at 21, Pique said that they are given more of a chance to adapt than when he was developing.
“They adapt very well, it’s not like before,” he told radio station Onda Cero. “When I was seventeen, eighteen years old and tried to make the jump to the first team at Manchester (United), it was much more difficult, senior players were a**holes.
“Now you make a little joke and it seems to be a crime. I remember when Gerard Deulofeu went to the first team, and he was going to sit at a dinner, I removed the chair, he fell and I got a scolding. They did it to us everyday!”