Former Manchester United manager and soccer legend Sir Alex Ferguson made some interesting comments about Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. Specifically, Ferguson said that Gerrard was “not a top, top player.”
It conflicts with what Gerrard wrote in his autobiography years earlier. Gerrard tells tales of Manchester United trying to pry him away from Liverpool beginning in his teenage years and Gerrard has reiterated those stories.
Gerrard even said that Ferguson offered him a seven-year deal.
“I had a letter off them, wanting to sign me on a seven-year deal when I was 13 years of age,” Gerrard said, via ESPN FC. “Then he tried to sign me again in early 2002-2003. I obviously refused, so I can’t really take it to heart too much.
“I was genuinely a little bit gutted when I read his comments, when he said I wasn’t a top, top player. But I won’t lose sleep over it — everyone is entitled to their opinion.
“I’m a huge fan of Alex Ferguson and what he’s done in the game is fantastic, that’s the reason why he sold that many copies in the first week.”
Of course a story from Sky Sports years ago quotes Ferguson as saying the opposite.
“If you were looking for the player you would replace Keane with, it’s Gerrard, without question,” Ferguson said at the time. “He has become the most influential player in England, bar none.
“Not that Vieira lacks anything, but I think that Gerrard does more for his team than Vieira does.
“To me, Gerrard is Keane; he is now where Keane was when Roy came to us in 1994. I’ve watched him quite a lot, and everywhere the ball is, he seems to be there.
“He’s got that unbelievable engine, desire, determination. Anyone would take Gerrard.
“Vieira has done that job for Arsenal for two or three years. But you can see Gerrard rising and rising.”