Gary Neville was told to convince Steven Gerrard to join Manchester United

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Sir Alex Ferguson asked Gary Neville to convince Steven Gerrard to leave Liverpool for Manchester United during the mid-2000s.

Neville, who captained United under Ferguson after Roy Keane left Old Trafford in 2005, was sent by Ferguson to have a quiet word with Gerrard when the two players were on international duty with England.

This is according to Gerrard, whose new autobiography is currently being serialised by the Daily Mail.


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“My agent, Struan Marshall, told me that, under Fergie, United had a decent pop at trying to sign me,” Gerrard writes. “Gary Neville would knock at my door during England camps.

“He’d come in for a chat and let me know how much United would love me to play for them. Gary told me Fergie had sent him.”

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Gerrard was never going to sign for United

Ferguson must have known there was virtually no chance of Gerrard swapping Liverpool for arch-rivals Manchester United - especially given the fact the all-action midfielder grew up on Merseyside.

No player had moved directly from Liverpool to Manchester United since Allenby Chilton in 1938 - that’s still the case today, incidentally - and Gerrard was never likely to agree to the pleas of Ferguson and Neville to join a club he naturally disliked because of the intense rivalry that exists between the two north-west clubs.

Gerrard was tempted to join Chelsea at one point during his Liverpool career - and even handed in a transfer request at Anfield - but ended up staying with the Reds until the end of last season, when he swapped England for the United States.

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