Why Fergie is wrong about Lampard and Gerrard

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Boasting over 200 caps between them for England, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard can look back on careers as world class footballers.

That is, of course, unless they pay attention to Sir Alex Ferguson's new autobiography.

The Scot claimed the midfield pair have never been 'top, top players', almost sarcastically adding that they do, however, 'work hard.' 


Just a glance at the career of either man is enough to prove his merits.

Frank Lampard has an incredible three Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, two League Cups, a Europa League win and a Champions League winners medal.

The midfielder has also finished runner-up in the Ballon d'Or, and is Chelsea's all-time top-goalscorer - an incredible feat from centre midfield.

And Steven Gerrard, though denied many club prizes because of his loyalty to boyhood club Liverpool, can also boast numerous individual and team honours.

Two FA Cups, three League Cups, a Uefa Cup, and a Champions League - very much inspired by Gerrard himself - is a collection of medals most would envy.

He has also appeared in the Premier League team of the year an incredible seven times, and has played for his country 107 times.

Just because we respect Fergie doesn't mean we have to take this nonsense as gospel.

The former United boss even went as far as conceding in his book that he tried to sign Gerrard on several occasions.

Why would Ferguson be happy to fork out on an average midfielder? Then again, this is the man that signed Kleberson, Djemba Djemba et al.

Each player will no doubt go down as the greatest player in their respective clubs history.

Maybe Fergie is jealous? For as incredible a player Scholes was, the United manager could never turn him into the goalscorer that Lampard was and is.

The midfielder - and again, it must be emphasised that he was every bit a world class talent himself - also never stepped into the inspirational leadership role so fantastically portrayed by Gerrard.

This isn't about comparing the trio, it's about appreciating the three as individuals - three world class individuals.

Whether the intention was to stir up controversy, or simply have a dig at a pair who have cost his side major honours in the past, Fergie's estimation - and not for the first time - is well wide of the mark.

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