Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he doesn't think Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is among the world's best midfielders.
Gerrard has had a great career winning Champions League and FA Cup silverware on Merseyside, however the ex-United boss doesn't think he has been a "top, top player".
In his book, Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography, the former Red Devils boss said: "And I'm one of the few who felt Gerrard was not a top, top player."
The legendary manager believes the Liverpool skipper struggled when coming up against Manchester United's midfield pairing of Paul Scholes and Roy Keane.
He stated that when the pair played against Liverpool, Gerrard "seldom had a kick".
However, Ferguson has revealed that he did once look to sign the Liverpool captain while manager of the Red Devils.
The former United boss was interested in the England skipper back in 2005 when it appeared he was going to join Chelsea.
Ferguson also believes Michael Carrick's international career has struggled because of the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, who are more "bravado" type player.