Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed that Manchester United tried to sign him on an incredible seven-year deal when he was just 13-years-old.
The Reds legend was one of the main stories to come from Sir Alex Ferguson’s controversial book launch at the start of November, when the Scot said he didn’t think Gerrard was a ‘top, top player’.
But, whilst the 33-year-old admitted he was ‘gutted’ to read the comments of the former Red Devils chief, he hasn’t lost any sleep over the remarks.
“I went on trial at Manchester United when I was 13 years of age, and I had a letter off them wanting to sign me on a seven-year deal,” he told The Clare Balding Show on BT Sport 1.
“I’m a huge fan of Alex Ferguson and what he’s done in the game is fantastic, that’s the reason why he’s sold that many copies in the first week, but I was generally a little bit gutted when I read that, the reaction of the papers, when he said I wasn’t a top, top player.
“But I won’t lose sleep over it, everyone is entitled to their opinion. He tried to sign me in early 2002/2003, he tried to sign me again to play for Manchester United.
“I obviously refused, so I can’t really take it to heart too much. But I’m a bit gutted because I’m a big fan of his.”
Despite the trial as a teenager, Gerrard opted against joining Manchester United at Old Trafford, and instead opted for his current home on Merseyside.
Two decades later, the 108-cap England international has become a legend at Anfield, making his debut in 1998 and becoming a mainstay in the team under a variety of different managers.
He helped Liverpool win a famous Cup treble in 2001, and thrived further after taking the captain’s armband a couple of years later.
His defining moment for the club came in the Champions League final of 2005, when Gerrard inspired the Reds to a stunning comeback victory over AC Milan on penalties.
The skipper is still an integral part of the Liverpool side under Brendan Rodgers, but has never tasted Premier League success whilst at the club.
Watch the full Steven Gerrard interview on The Clare Balding Show, which airs for the first time at 9pm on Saturday night on BT Sport 1.