Zinedine Zidane and Jamie Carragher rubbish Alex Ferguson’s “strange” Steven Gerrard comments

Former French World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane has dismissed comments released this week by ex-Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson this week that Steven Gerrard has never been “a top, top player.”

MADRID, SPAIN - Tuesday, April 8, 2003: Manchester United's David Beckham and Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final 1st Leg match at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 41-year-old, who played a colourful career at the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid, described 71-year-old Ferguson’s comments as “strange”, insisting Steven Gerrard is one of the world’s best players of his generation.

Zidane is quoted in several of the Sunday papers, including the Mirror as saying, “For two or three years, Steven Gerrard was the best midfield player in the world. Even now he is playing at a high level for ­Liverpool and England.”

“Gerrard has been loyal to Liverpool throughout his career – which is great for them – but if he had wanted to leave four or five years ago then every top club in Europe would have tried to sign him.

“And they would have probably had to break the transfer record to do it.

“Alex Ferguson is obviously one of the most successful coaches the game has ever had. But I did find his comments about Steven Gerrard very strange. To say he is not a top player is wrong.”

Gerrard’s roll of honour during his career at Liverpool so far includes all major trophies except for the league title, having made 641 appearances for the club, scoring 161 goals.

Former teammate and now Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher said he was “flabbergasted” by Ferguson’s “wrong” comments in his book.
Writing in his column in the Daily Mail, Carragher retorted to Ferguson’s book, saying, “Gerrard won a Champions League final almost single-handedly in 2005. I didn’t see anyone do that for Ferguson on the two occasions Manchester United won it, 1999 and 2008.

“Ferguson’s opinion is authoritative but I’d love to know who he does class as a ‘top, top player’; he says Stevie never got a kick against Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, but I don’t remember that to be the case. What I do remember is Stevie scoring big goals against United —like the League Cup final in 2003 — and setting up winning goals for Danny Murphy at Old Trafford. I remember Stevie’s energy, desire and talent rattling United when we played them.

“Look at it the other way. Put Keane or Scholes in a Liverpool shirt and let them play against Stevie with the other alongside him. I would have been surprised if they could have done more on their own than Stevie. Keane and Scholes had the advantage of being surrounded by more great players.”

Gerrard celebrated scoring his 100th Premier League goal for the Reds last weekend, before helping Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge bag the goals in Liverpool’s 4-1 rout of West Brom on Saturday.

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  • Morpheus

    Zidane had always been my favorite footballer of all time, and now he’s one of my favorite people of all time.

  • CARR71

    its all about opinions i chose to tale fergies opinion with a pinch of salt,bitterness springs to mind,if zidane says hes world class that will do for me ,

  • mongie67

    Old whisky nose is just jealous because he couldn’t get Gerrard alongside the likes of Keane and Scholes at Utd. Sir Alex is unarguably the best manager of the last few decades, but when you dedicate your career to a single task (“Knocking Liverpool of their pedestal”) then don’t tell me it’s doesn’t make you bitter towards those who don’t want to help you do that. Those grapes must really be sour…

  • BEAST

    FERGUSON’s attempts at detonating a bomb in LIVERPOOL’s goal of CL was deactivated by ZIDANE.When you try to make a serious comment that a legend laughs off you end up looking stupid.
    Nice try at deflecting bad performances away from MAN U but i have a feeling he’ll need to be saying something controversial every other week.The fear factor has gone out the window and teams no longer play MAN U starting a goal down mentally.
    That was something we had to get use to when our dominance began to fade.
    We’ve given his alcoholic ramblings far to much attention.We should focus on us and leave SAF to improve on his stand-up comedy.

  • enigmaticastranga

    Alex Ferguson will likely go on playing his mind game from beyond the grave!

  • Sustco

    The alcohol has chipped away at Ferguson’s brain over the years and he has finally lost it altogether. What a bitter and twisted old has-been!

  • Erik

    Morpheus, I agree with you totally.

  • Abyss

    Zidane’s too much of a nice guy really..he himself was one of the world’s best football players of this generation. Anyways, looks like ORN’s stupid comments have backfired on himself again. He was a great manager, but I see no reason behind why I should pay extra weightage to his opinion. Fergie never made sense in most of his post-match interviews either. (“The boy could have been killed” or some ramble about not getting extra stoppage time even after the ref gave decisions in his favor)

    So why give him all this attention now?

  • Rederik

    ferguson will probably dismiss Zidane,s comments after all what would one of the worlds greatest players ever know compared to a sad old miserable bas-ard like him, the old drink sodden waster he must have been drunk when he wrote all that sh-t nothing else could explain it.