Sir Alex Ferguson: Gerrard & Lampard Aren’t World Class

By on October 22, 2013

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s much-anticipated autobiography was released today and predictably it’s raised a few eyebrows after he claimed that neither Frank Lampard nor Steve Gerrard are truly world class players, according to the Mirror.

Lampard has scored 245 goals in 816 appearances throughout his career, winning over 100 international caps for England as well as 14 club honours including the Champions League and three Premier League titles.

The now 35-year-old was also runner-up in the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 2005 and while Ferguson admits the midfielder has been a fantastic servant for Chelsea, he doesn’t feel he had what it took to be classed as an ‘elite international footballer’.

The former United supremo was equally damming of Liverpool talisman Gerrard, who Ferguson claims was not a ‘top, top player’ despite also earning over 100 caps for England and winning 13 trophies throughout his career at Anfield – including a sensational individual performance to lift the Champions League in 2005.

Ferguson, in his autobiography, wrote:

“Lampard, for me, was a marvellous servant for Chelsea. But I didn’t think of him as an elite international footballer. And I’m one of the few who felt Gerrard was not a top, top player.” [source: Mirror]

While Ferguson’s comments look harsh considering what the two players have achieved in the game, his criticism of Gerrard goes against what he said back in January when he revealed it was his ‘dream’ to sign Gerrard from Liverpool, classing the player as the second best ever midfielder to play for the club.

 “Could you imagine me going to bed at night having taken Gerrard off Liverpool?

“Along with Graeme Souness, he’s probably the best midfield player Liverpool have ever had, although I have Souness just above them all.

“It’s amazing that he has played every minute of every game in the Premier League this season – and at the age of 33.” Ferguson is quoted as saying by the Mirror in January

Perhaps Ferguson is just continuing his long-running rivalry with Liverpool by having a cheeky dig at their captain now he’s retired? Or maybe he was referring more to how the two players perform on the international stage? They may both have over 100 caps, but their form for England – and in particular their partnership together – has often been questioned in the past.

Either way, I’m sure Chelsea and Liverpool fans will have a few choice words for Sir Alex after reading this particular extract from his book.

What do you make of Ferguson’s comments? Is he right; are Gerrard and Lampard not world class? Share your views below.

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27 Comments

  1. Emma

    October 22, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I don’t know why we always player lampard this season. That is to show how bias mourinho can be. Very bad of him cos we have better players on bench. The most annoying part of it is that he plays him in all the games. While players like Mata setting on bench. I just wish that Abramovic would stop this partial madness by releasing him at the end of the season, if Jose does not like it then he can resign or sign him up with his personal money! Waste of space!

    • OORA

      October 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      I definitely agree and even though I’m a Chelsea supporter, I have to admit that Lampard is overrated as hell. There are much better options to available to him but he and Terry will always priority because of the whole Legend Status thing.

    • genius

      October 23, 2013 at 5:58 am

      U̶̲̥̅̊ are mentally de rained. Read d question very well, they are not talking abt Lampard, Mata and Mourinho here. Lampard formally world no 2, maybe U̶̲̥̅̊ have not stated watching ball then. Ferguson even said Lampard is a gr8 player he wish t̲̣̣̥O̶̲̥̅̊ have in his team. Now that old age has caught up with him. No brain anymore

  2. Benson

    October 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    @emma, you are mentally deranged, you are a candidate for a brain cancer diagnosis. No doubt, you are a fanatic.

  3. kech

    October 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    If these two are not world class then you are definitely not a world class coach too

  4. davboi

    October 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I tink sir lex is sick insyd lampad is. One of d best an so steven

  5. Erudite robinson

    October 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Gerrard nd lampard r al class, i tink sir is jst jealouse of dem.

  6. Manuel

    October 22, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    What about paul scholes?Is he world class?What about messi?Is he world class?

  7. nwazue david

    October 22, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    What a better way of saying” these guys are great” y didn’t sir talk about scholes, gigs. Roney or any other player but decided to speak about these ones. Anyway, each and every one of us are entitled to our opinions and that was his. It is no conclusive and cannot be. For me and many other sport lovers, these two guys, lamps and stev are WORL CLASS

  8. Honey-boi chygoz

    October 22, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    If ever in the history of FOOTBALL that Lampard and Gerrard’s names were not written for atleast representing thier country. As chygoz as i am, i belive Sir Alex is actually sick in the head bcos of old Age. Infact i hate u alex, to you why they are not world class is it bcos the due did not play for united just like Beckham and Scholse? Alex you are very sick.

  9. remmy fakorede

    October 22, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    It is my strong believe that too much of everything (even freedom of speech and word usage) is not only bad but also a means to self-destruction. I have the utmost respect for Sir Alex, and I intend to leave it at that, but if Lamps and Steve G are not world class because of their international career, then Messi Leo and someone like Giggs should not be termed internationals at all.

  10. Ezekiel Kparevfa

    October 22, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Don’t mind Sir Alex. Old age jealousy is what he is going through. Sir may you be a peacemaker between these rivals and not you setting fire to wreck & deteriorate the long standing animosity that exists between these clubs.

  11. Jame s

    October 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Ferguson is not a world class couch is he d wost couch in d world he is very bad in charracter he as bad record. I do not like ferguson because he is so controversial

  12. ss

    October 22, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    he jelouski

  13. elijah

    October 22, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    That old man talks rubbish; none of his so called old legs in united cant stand lamps and stevie G wen it comes to midfieldmastering he should go and sit down to reason well.

  14. Manuel

    October 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Is messi world class?Is paul scholes world class?Is Ronaldo world class?They have all done nothing for their nation

  15. hiyiolah

    October 22, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I think sir alex I̶̲̥̅̊s̶̲̥̅̊ sick and old age I̶̲̥̅̊s̶̲̥̅̊ getting rid of him if lamp & gerrard are nt world class what I̶̲̥̅̊s̶̲̥̅̊ scholes,giggs,rooney

  16. Abbey

    October 22, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    sir alex he be like u get metter problem better go for checkup.

  17. adedayo

    October 22, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    this is one of ferguson mind game to distabilize chelsea nd liverpool coz his so called man u is nt even gonna make it to europa league. He shud jst cumm out and say he is ashamed man u has no player to match dis two legend……y didnt he talk abt his darlin giggs nd scholes……. I guess der r local legend

  18. Akyn Baker

    October 22, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    These are the things Ferguson wants,Attentions and making headlines.He is best ignored.

  19. Jonathan Ram PS

    October 23, 2013 at 12:07 am

    SAF has shared this opinion to create interest in his latest bk so as to generate higher sales for his new bk. Maybe he missing making millions previously as the manager

  20. askar saminu

    October 23, 2013 at 12:18 am

    how on earth, someone said steven G nd lampard are n’t top top class o world class players. any way pple at 70s think differance……….!?

  21. patrick

    October 23, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Ferguson was and still is a joke of a man. He was a good manager but horrible human being. I’m just happy he’s retired. Everybody with half a brain knows Gerrard and Lampard were two of the greatest midfielders to ever play in the premier league.

  22. schillacci

    October 23, 2013 at 7:20 am

    I think the old aged man is having a brain tumor. He should be hospitalized. Saying Super Frankie and Steven G are not world class is annoying and frustrating. Perhaps he’s unconscious when he dropped those world. Where has his united legends brought the team in the premier league? 8th position. Poor u. He’ll surely bite his fingers for retiring.. Crap!!!

  23. Emmanuel "Supreme" Ezekiel

    October 23, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Super Frankie & Stevie G are world class. Perhaps SAF is just jealous is never had the privilege to coach such Legends. If they’re not world class then what does that make R.Giggs & P.Scholes?

  24. louis

    October 23, 2013 at 11:25 am

    well sir alex is proving to the footballing world why he has been the most hated coach with his manchester team. Its sad that to note what he has to say about lamps and gerard. Its ironic that he has nt spoken about his decision to give the team over to a not world class coach in moyes.Just enjoy your retirement alex.

  25. John

    October 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    A horrible man. The reason he won so many trophies is down to one thing the for the majority of the length of his management he had lots more money than any other managers in the UK at his disposal. His European record is not great which is a better measure. He obviously has some managerial talents but as a human being as portrayed to us by him on the media he is greatly lacking and IMO should not have been considered for a knighthood.

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