During a Sky Sports segment, Gary Neville admitted to working as Ferguson’s proxy when he and other Manchester United players tried to lure Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard to Manchester United during their days playing together for the England National team.
Neville did admit that it was a relatively short conversation, as we now know how that panned out.
Gerrard was not the last Liverpool player eyed by Ferguson for their arch rivals.
It was recently revealed in the book Red on Red: Liverpool, Manchester United and the fiercest rivalry in world football that Alex Ferguson once tried to sign Trent Alexander-Arnold at the age of 13 while playing for Liverpool’s youth setup.
In an extract from the book written by Phil McNulty and Jim White it was revealed that Ferguson made efforts to sign Alexander-Arnold:
In 2011 he tried to use family ties to bring a young full-back he had seen playing for a Liverpool Academy side to Old Trafford.
When he discovered Trent Alexander-Arnold’s uncle was John Alexander, United’s then club secretary, he moved swiftly into action, offering the boy the chance to switch 35 miles up the M62.
His response to Ferguson’s invitation ten years earlier had been brief: ‘My mum doesn’t like driving on motorways’ was all he said.