Gerard Piqué has become a Barcelona legend since he joined the Catalan squad back in 2008. However, probably what not many people remember is that the Spanish defender played for another huge football team. Specifically, the player was part of Manchester United between 2004 and 2008. During that time, he was coached by none other than Sir Alex Ferguson. The 1xBet Uganda website has multiple wagering chances to bet on Manchester United and Barcelona.
Piqué started his youth career in La Masía, which is the legendary academy of FC Barcelona. However, in 2004, when he was only 17 years old, he joined Manchester United. At that moment, Piqué hadn’t played a single match for Barcelona’s first team.
However, by 2004 Piqué had already played many matches for the Spanish U-16 and U-17 national teams. The great performances that he put up in those contests were enough to convince Sir Alex Ferguson that Piqué had to join Manchester United. The Uganda 1xBet features many matches from youth football competition, including U-16 and U-17 levels.
Ferguson had no time to waste. He allowed Piqué to have his professional debut in October 2004. It came in a League Cup match against Crewe Alexandra where he came as a substitute after replacing John O’Shea. The 1xBet promo code Uganda can be used on all English football competitions, including the EPL and the League Cup.
During that time, there were other defenders in Manchester United’s squad that prevented Pique’s consolidation in the team. Some of those names were:
- Gary Neville;
- Phil Neville;
- Rio Ferdinand;
- John O’Shea.
Yet, Sir Alex started to consider Piqué more and more, naming him as a substitute in multiple matches. In fact, when some of the aforementioned players were not available due to injury or other circumstances, Piqué could be selected as a starter.
However, during most of the tenure of the defender in Old Trafford, he participated in games of the reserves or was loaned out. In fact, Piqué was loaned for the entire 2006-07 season to Real Zaragoza.
Yet, the performances of the Spanish player were good enough for Ferguson that he offered a new contract to the defender. It substantially improved his salary, and would run up until 2009.
Yet, in 2008 Barcelona decided to attack. By the end of the 2007-08 season, the team offered 5 million Euros to the Red Devils. United accepted immediately, and the player returned to his childhood club. This sum of money is almost ridiculous when considering how good of a defender Piqué would become in the future. The promo code of 1xBet Uganda can also be used when wagering on Barcelona’s matches.