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Gerard Piqué admits he feared Roy Keane at Manchester United

When Piqué played for Manchester United, Roy Keane was the captain of the club and the Barcelona defender discussed his experience playing with the former midfielder.

Kieran Quaile
Update:
Gerard Piqué, jugador del FC Barcelona, calienta antes de un partido.
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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was interviewed by Gary Neville on the latest episode of The Overlap.

The former Manchester United player discussed his career to date among other things on the show. When Piqué played for the Premier League club, Roy Keane was the United captain and the Irishman came up in the conversation with Neville.

“We all know Roy. But when you’re 17, for sure you look at Roy differently. I had just arrived, I didn’t know him. It was scary at one point,” Piqué said.

“Imagine how scary it was, a few years later when I was playing for Barcelona, we went to play against Celtic in Scotland. He was doing some kind of TV programme. I don’t remember.

“I was walking after the game, and he came to me to talk. Part of me was like that little kid who arrived at Manchester when I was 17, like ' Oh f***, it’s Roy Keane…'

“But I was like ‘Come on Gerard, you are 24 or 25 now, come on man!’ So I said hi, and we talked and it was fine.

“But when I was 17, he was a strong voice. There was always a tough message. He was a great captain, but he was tough sometimes,” he added.

Move to Barcelona

Piqué eventually left United, signing a four-year contract with Barcelona in 2008. He subsequently went on to have an outstanding career, winning domestic and European titles with the Blaugrana.

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