Steven Gerrard has revealed Manchester United tried to nab him at the age of just 13 by signing him to a seven-year deal at Old Trafford. In 1993 - with United's famous 'class of '92' just rising to prominence, Sir Alex Ferguson's scouts turned to the future Liverpool icon as they looked to build the next generation of Red Devils. Ferguson caused a storm among Liverpool fans in the autobiography he released last month by saying Gerrard was 'not a top, top player' . But the legendary United boss attempted to sign the Kop idol twice, with a second move coming in 2002. Gerrard admitted he was 'gutted' with Ferguson's assessment in his book. 'I’m a huge fan of Alex Ferguson and what he’s done in the game is fantastic, that’s the reason why he’s sold that many copies in the first week, I was generally a little bit gutted when I read that, the reaction of the papers, when he said I wasn’t a top, top player.