Former defender questions United's Gerard Pique interest

Ex-Manchester United full-back Paul Parker has addressed rumours linking the club with a move for Gerard Pique.

With United's defensive problems not looking like they will be going away anytime soon, reports in the Daily Star today have seen them linked with Barcelona star and former player Gerard Pique.

Pique has been out out of favour at the Catalan club for much of this season with new manager Jose Enripue opting for a partnership of Jeremy Mathieu and Javier Mascherano instead.

The 27-year-old Spain international has already stated his desire to remain at Barca, but that hasn't stopped speculation linking him with a sensational £20 million return to Old Trafford, where he spent four years between 2004-08.

However Paul Parker, who played for United during the early 90's isn't convinced that the three times Champions League, one time World Cup and one time Euro Championships winner would improve United.

He wrote in his Eurosport column: "My concerns regarding Pique returning to Old Trafford is whether he could oversee their backline. Could he organise, marshal, push and pull his teammates about?

"At Barcelona, he spent most of his career playing alongside Carles Puyol – the rock at the heart of their defence. Pique worked around Puyol, the organiser; he was his eyes and legs.

"We know how good he is with the ball at his feet, and how much of a goal threat he poses, but I question just how effective he would be as a defender in the Premier League.

"It could be a mistake to bring him back and could be viewed as a desperate act – something that Van Gaal would obviously like to avoid."

While Parker has a point regarding his leadership qualities, there is no doubting Pique's ability. Just seeing what he has won tells you how much of an improvement he would be over United's current defensive options.

It's just a mystery why someone of his calibre wasn't pursued during the summer transfer window, in which United lost all their experienced defenders in Evra, Vidic and Ferdinand.

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