Steven Gerrard names the two Manchester United players he hated

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After 19 years playing for Liverpool, there were just two Manchester United players Steven Gerrard hated.

At least two the former Liverpool captain is comfortable naming, at least.

Ryan Giggs comes to mind given his amount of Premier League medals — something Gerrard does not possess — or Roy Keane and his aggressive approach. But no. Gerrard looked elsewhere for his hatred towards United.

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It’s actually Gary Neville — no surprise there — and Rio Ferdinand.

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Although the three now work in the punditry business and they appear to get on, that was not always the case.

“When you’re lining up in the tunnel against Rio and Gary Neville you want to do everything in your power to beat them,” Gerrard explained. “There’s hatred there, that’s exactly how it is.

“When you meet up for England at that time, you pretend you like them, but your career finishes, their career finishes and your friendship starts for real.

“I’ve got nothing but respect for Rio as a player, he played for a top club all his life, he’s a good fella as well. I’m enjoying the role at BT with him as well.”

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