New Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard had a very honest response to Sir Alex Ferguson not rating him as highly as many others did.
In his 2013 autobiography, Fergie wrote: "I'm one of the few who felt Gerrard was not a top, top player."
The Liverpool legend was asked about those surprising comments during an appearance on The Clare Balding Show a few years back and admitted he was "a little but gutted" but "won't sleep lose over it".
He also revealed that he once had a trial as a youngster and Fergie later made an attempt to bring him to Manchester United when he was a first-teamer.
"I went on trial at Manchester United when I was 13 and had a letter off them wanting to sign me on a seven-year-deal," Gerrard said on the BT Sport show.
"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. I was genuinely a little bit gutted when I read that, the reaction of the papers, when he said I'm not 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 2002/03, he tried to sign me again to play for 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."
Gerrard will be hoping he can emulate that on-pitch success in the dugout in his first Premier League job.
The 41-year-old replaces Dean Smith at Villa Park and has left Scottish Premiership champions Rangers.
A reported compensation package of between £3 million-£4 million has been agreed with Rangers for Gerrard and his assistant Gary McAllister.
Gerrard said: "Aston Villa is a club with a rich history and tradition in English football and I am immensely proud to become its new Head Coach.
Aston Villa Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Steven Gerrard as our new Head Coach.- Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) November 11, 2021
"In my conversations with Nassef [Sawiris], Wes [Edens] and the rest of the Board, it was apparent how ambitious their plans are for the club and I am looking forward to helping them achieve their aims.
"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everybody associated with Glasgow Rangers for giving me the opportunity to manage such an iconic football club.
"Helping them secure a record-breaking 55th league title will always hold a special place in my heart. I would like to wish the players, staff and supporters the very best for the future."
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