Manchester United have struggled defensively in recent times in the Premier League, which has hampered their top four chances slightly.
Sir Alex Ferguson will always be remembered as a managerial legend at Old Trafford but he made a huge transfer mistake back in 2008. Manchester United sold Gerard Pique to Barcelona for £4.5 million (by Transfermarkt).
The Spain international made his Manchester United debut in October 2004 but he had to wait until October 2015 to make his Premier League debut.
However, Pique’s opportunities in the first-team at Old Trafford were limited as the likes of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand kept him out of the side. He was sent out on loan to Real Zaragoza for the 2006-07 season which saw him feature 28 times for the Spanish club, and in the following season he only managed to make 13 appearances in all competitions for Manchester United without impressing, so he was sold to Barcelona in the summer of 2008.
Of course, selling the defender has proved to be a huge mistake as he’s since gone on to win the Champions League three more times and he’s even won the World Cup. He’s developed into a very special defender over in Spain and Sir Alex Ferguson will be kicking himself after letting him go, as Vidic and Ferdinand were too much at the time.
The Red Devils are in desperate need of another central defender as things have been far from perfect at the heart of the defence. Indeed, Victor Lindelof has gone up another couple of levels since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge at Old Trafford, but the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have been dreadful.
Indeed, the Spaniard would be the dream partner for the Sweden international as he can provide a wealth of experience and he’s arguably one of the world’s best defenders. His tackling, heading and positioning makes him almost impossible to get past and he very rarely makes mistakes, which is what makes him so impressive.
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