Gary Neville: 'Rarely did Man United change the way we played, but Gerrard made us do that'
- Gary Neville admits that Sir Alex Ferguson had to adjust United's play specifically for Gerrard.
- 'Don't go with the decoys and distractions - stay with Gerrard': that was United's plan.
- Neville also claims Gerrard was one of the two best crossers he's even seen.
Gary Neville admits that at his prime Gerrard was the man Sir Alex feared the most in Premier League. Stevie's playing style, involving shifting towards the right flank and slamming crosses or shots caused major troubles for Man United until Ferguson decided to do what he's rarely ever done: to adjust United's playing style specifically for one player.
Neville explained: "For about two or three seasons he was dropping into that right channel and we were defending conventionally. Then we changed and, if he could, Sir Alex Ferguson always put Anderson on the left of midfield and Ryan Giggs tucked in narrow.
"It didn't matter who was running wide, just make sure you are against Steven Gerrard. Don't go with the decoys and distractions - stay with Gerrard.
"For three or four years we stopped Gerrard and nullified him. We changed the way we played, and very rarely did Manchester United change the way we played for a team, but Gerrard made us do that."
Sky Sports pundit went on to claim that Gerrard was on the of the best crossers he's ever seen.
"David Beckham and Steven Gerrard are two of the best crossers I have seen on the right side in the Premier League. He matches them in terms of the quality he delivers - and that is high praise. He does things that they did just as well."
Well, Gerrard did make a huge impact in derbys with him totalling 9 goals and 3 assists in 35 appearances against Man United across all competitions. However, Ferguson's manoeuvres apparently worked well indeed with Stevie having 13 to 20 wins ratio against the Red Devils.