I wonder what United fans were saying about Pique back in the days. Probably something similar. Physique and athleticisim are not as required in La Liga as in the EPL.
And it was a game in Piqu?'s final season - a 1-0 loss to Bolton when the 20-year-old was hauled off after 59 minutes - which Rooney believed spelled the end for his time at Old Trafford.
"Bolton away more or less finished Gerard Piqu?'s career at United," Rooney wrote in his column for The Sunday Times.
"He was young and got bullied there and I think that's when Fergie decided that, physically, he wasn't right for the Premier League.
At worst Eric Garcia will probably be a bench player like Bartra. Definitely worth taking a chance on.