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Piqué: Manchester United players diet on booze and burgers

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Former Manchester United defender Gerard Piqué has claimed his former team-mates lived on a diet of "beer and burgers".

The 21-year-old, who left United to return to Barcelona in the summer, was asked how his current club’s controls on diet compared with United’s.

And Piqué astonishingly replied: "There were some incredible things happening at United. Everyone was allowed to eat what they wanted and one must remember that the English diet is just like people say.

"Every two weeks we had to be checked out on a machine that measured the amount of fat we had in our bodies. You would be amazed at how many top players practically broke the machine because their diet was based on beer and burgers."

Piqué also admitted that he couldn't understand what Sir Alex Ferguson was saying during his four years spell at Old Trafford .

He said: "I arrived not being able to speak English and I got lost a little bit in the team-talks.

"The gaffer, as Ferguson is known in Manchester, spoke a very Scottish kind of English that might as well have been Chinese as far as I was concerned. But I was not the worst and there are players still there who do not understand him yet.

"But there are no regrets because in Manchester – they really turned me into a player."

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