Manchester United legend Paul Scholes: Gerard Pique will struggle if he returns to Premier League

Gerard Pique

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes that Gerard Pique will struggle if he returns to the Premier League.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes that his former teammate Gerard Pique will struggle in the Premier League.

Spain international defender Pique has been linked with a return to United after finding himself out of Barcelona’s starting line-up this season.

‘It will be interesting to see if my former team-mate Gerard Pique will return to the Premier League should Barcelona decide to sell him’, Scholes wrote in The Independent.

‘He has been left out the side of late by Luis Enrique and, although he is a very talented defender, I have always thought that Spanish football, and Barcelona in particular, suits him best.

‘He likes being in a side that keeps possession. He is great at home but playing away at the big teams in England is a completely different prospect for a defender.

‘His success at Barcelona and with Spain has been incredible. But I think Gerard would find it harder back in the Premier League’.

Pique left United for Barcelona in the summer of 2008 after failing to dislodge either Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic from the line-up (click here to read more).

Since then, the Spaniard has established himself as one of the best centre-backs on the planet, winning the Champions League twice with Barcelona, and Euro 2012 and 2010 World Cup with Spain.

However, Pique has struggled for form since last season, which coincided with Carles Puyol’s decline and eventual retirement.

Pique, though, has said on more than one occasion that he is not interested in leaving Barcelona, with the club unlikely to sell him anytime soon because of the transfer ban.

At the moment, the 27-year-old is living off his well-earned reputation. Even if Barcelona decide to sell him, United should not making the mistake of a signing an under-performing and struggling Pique (click here to read more).

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