Steven Gerrard recounts Man Utd trial in youth – ‘I wanted to know what it was like’
Steven Gerrard once donned Manchester United threads while he underwent a trial at the club during his youth, the Liverpool legend has revealed. Gerrard played 710 games for Liverpool before moving to LA Galaxy for the twilight of his career.
The midfielder grew up in a family split between Liverpool and Everton, with his father a die-hard Red.
Following the 1986 FA Cup final between Merseyside’s two big clubs, it was Liverpool who Gerrard decided to support.
He broke into the youth set-up at Anfield aged nine but did not secure his maiden first-team contract until nine years later.
In the interim, Gerrard was urged by his dad to flaunt his talent at several clubs around the country in the hope of making his boyhood club jealous and provoking them into a contract offer.
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Notably, Gerrard once had the United badge sitting on his chest and recounted his Red Devils trial on The Greatest Game with Jamie Carragher podcast.
“It was strange, really, because I had a lot of letters come in at the time to go and try different places,” the current Rangers boss said.
“Everton, United, Palace, West Ham – to name a few.
“And I think my dad was maybe trying to push Liverpool in a roundabout way, looking back: ‘What’s going on here? Offer him [a contract], or what.’
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“[Head of the youth academy] Steve Heighway said: ‘Well look, if he wants to go and try those places, no problem.’
“I think Liverpool knew I was always going to stay there and Steve probably had lots of dads pushing him.
“But yeah, I just went and tried them because I wasn’t signed up with any of them. I was on a one-year rolling contract at the time.
“I wanted to know what West Ham was like, I wanted to know what Everton and United was like compared to where I was.
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“But I always knew I was going to stay at Liverpool long-term.”
Gerrard then went on to reveal that he wore a United strip for his audition at Liverpool’s arch rivals.
“We wore the green and yellow kit that was split in half, the Sharp one,” Gerrard added, describing United’s away kit from 1992 to 1994.
“I played in a game for them. Wes Brown was centre-back. I tried them all (different teams’ kits)!”
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