Fergie praise for Pique
Sir Alex Ferguson has his fingers crossed Gerard Pique does not come back to haunt Man Utd.
Last Updated: 20/05/09 6:51pm
Sir Alex Ferguson has his fingers crossed that Gerard Pique does not come back to haunt Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League final.
The Red Devils boss reluctantly sold the defender back to Barcelona, where he had spent his youth career, last summer in a £5million deal.
Pique was allowed to leave Old Trafford because of a desire to secure increased first-team football and a wish to return to his native Spain.
And ahead of next Wednesday's European Cup final meeting with Barcelona, Ferguson hopes United will not be scuppered by a familiar face.
"I have always liked the boy. I did expect him to reach this level so quickly," said the Scot.
"He has fantastic qualities but most importantly, he has a good self-determination about him. He is a winner and a good professional.
"I always thought he would do well. We were disappointed to lose him but we understood at the time that his family desire was to go back to Barcelona.
"He looked at (Rio) Ferdinand and (Nemanja) Vidic and wanted to be in the first team immediately.
"I can understand why he wanted to go back to Barcelona. We wished him well at the time but we don't wish him well on Wednesday."