Gerard Pique rules out ever joining Manchester City: “My love for United is too strong”
Barcelona’s Gerard Pique has ruled out the possibility of following Pep Guardiola to Manchester City this summer due to his “love” for former club Manchester United.
Guardiola, currently in charge of Barcelona, will join City at the end of the campaign, leading to speculation as to who the Spaniard might want to sign at the Etihad stadium.
Pique worked with Guardiola at Barcelona but the defender insisted he has no intention of joining City.
“My love for United is too strong to go to City, so I don’t see myself in their shirt, even though Pep is a great coach,” he said.
Pique joined United in 2004 but he found first team opportunities limited due to the form of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
Since joining Barcelona in 2008, the Spaniard has established himself as one of the finest central defenders in the world. It is good to see that he still holds United in high regard and he is certainly welcome back to Old Trafford should he get tired of winning everything at Barcelona.
Marcus Rashford expressed his delight after scoring twice in his first Premier League game as United beat Arsenal 3-2 at Old Trafford as the 18-year-old striker scored his second brace in three days, after netting two against Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday.
The striker, deployed up-front to replace the injured Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial, scored with his first shot on goal in the Premier League as he pounced on a loose ball to fire past Petr Cech with 29 minutes gone, before adding a second three minutes later as he headed Jesse Lingard’s cross.
Louis Van Gaal has apologised for theatrically throwing himself to the ground in front of fourth official Mike Dean midway through the second half of United’s 3-2 win against Arsenal, as he mocked what he perceived to be persistent diving by players of the visiting side.
Throughout the season, Van Gaal has been criticised for never showing emotions and never leaving the dugout but on Sunday he stormed towards the touchline, folder firmly in his grasp before throwing himself to the ground, a move which was met with a roar of approval by the fans.
De Gea; Varela, Carrick, Blind, Rojo; Schneiderlin, Herrera; Lingard, Mata, Memphis; Rashford.
Subs: Romero, McNair, Riley, Fosu-Mensah, Weir, Januzaj, A. Pereira.
Louis Van Gaal praised the character of his young players after a largely inexperienced Manchester United side beat Midtjylland 5-1 on Thursday night to book themselves a place in the draw for the Europa League round of 16 after winning the tie 6-3 on aggregate.
Anthony Martial was the latest United player to suffer an injury, as he complained of a hamstring problem during the warm-up, but the Frenchman was brilliantly replaced by Marcus Rashford, who scored twice on debut to swing the tie his side’s way.
Romero; Varela, Carrick, Blind, Riley; Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera; Lingard, Mata, Memphis; Martial.
Subs: J.Pereira, Rojo, Poole, McNair, Love, A.Pereira, Rashford.
Manchester United put criticism and speculations over Louis Van Gaal’s future momentarily aside as they booked their ticket to the quarter finals of the FA Cup after beating Shrewsbury Town 3-0.
After a slow start, United eventually began to take control of proceedings in the first half and went ahead through a goal from Chris Smalling, before Juan Mata made it 2-0 with a wonderful free-kick just before halftime.
Jesse Lingard added a third in the second half and United could have, and in fact probably should have, added a couple of more.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from last night.
Manchester United booked their spot in the quarter finals of the FA Cup after beating Shrewsbury Town 3-0 on Monday night.
Chris Smalling opened the scoring in the first half before Juan Mata made it 2-0 with a wonderfully struck free-kick, while Jesse Lingard clinched United’s third after capping a wonderful counterattacking move.