United old boy Pique desperate to see former club KO Real Madrid in Champions League
11:35 GMT, 11 February 2013
11:38 GMT, 11 February 2013
Barcelona and Spain star Gerard Pique will be rooting for Manchester United when they take on Spanish giants Real Madrid in the Champions League this week.
Pique has more than one reason to support United. He played for the club between 2004 and 2008 and still has many friends from his time at Old Trafford, while Real, of course, are Barca's arch rivals.
The 26-year-old, who plays in the Champions League himself next week when Barca travel to AC Milan, also told Spanish newspaper Marca that he has spoken to former defensive partner and United stalwart Rio Ferdinand about Wednesday night's game.
Hope: Gerard Pique (right) wants Manchester United to beat Real Madrid
'I'd like United to go through because of my history,' Pique told Marca. 'I spoke to Ferdinand and the team's in great shape.'
Former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who scored the winner when United won the European Cup in 1999, is also backing Sir Alex Ferguson's side, though he has wished former United team-mate and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo luck ahead of the clash.
'I want Manchester United to win but, for the first time, I really don't know what's going to happen,' said the Norwegian, who is currently managing Molde in his homeland.
Playing days: Pique enjoyed a stint at United before moving back to Barcelona
'I'd like a 4-3, with Cristiano scoring three goals. He was 17 when he went to United, he's a great lad. I watched him become a man.
'If I could sign just one player, I'd sign Cristiano. Yes, Messi is fantastic, but I'd take CR7.'
Solskjaer added: 'Both managers know each other well and the teams are very evenly matched. I think it will be decided by a moment of genius from Van Persie or Cristiano.'