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Neville reveals Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign Steven Gerrard for Manchester United

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson told him to convince Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard to sign for the Red Devils.

Steven Gerrard made his debut for Liverpool in 1998 and left the club for LA Galaxy after 17 years. Liverpool legend announced his retirement from football in 2016 and currently is managing Saudi side Al Ettifaq.

In the Stick to Football podcast, Gary Neville revealed Sir Alex Ferguson asked him to convince his national team colleague Steven Gerrard to sign for Manchester United in 2004.

Neville said, “I have just remembered when Sir Alex asked me.. when I went into his [Gerrard’s] room with England and asked him to sign for United. I felt as though it was a bit of a hopeless [case].”

He added: “What would it have been, 2004? He was close to going to Chelsea and Sir Alex rang me and said he was anxious. I think his words were ‘Tell him I’ll fetch him and take him back down the East Lancs and bring him back’. I went to see Stevie and he was quite categoric quite quickly! He said ‘Seriously, I wouldn’t get out of Liverpool and my family would never get out of Liverpool’. Those were his exact words to me.

Gerrard came close to joining Chelsea in 2004 but after pressure from fans, he decided to stay at Liverpool. He guided them to the Champions League title in 2005.

Sam Barton
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Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.


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