We all like that song, don’t we? Shinji 1, Gerrard 0, it starts.
If you’re in need of all the names of midfielders who have won more Premier League medals than Steven Gerrard, then look no further, and enjoy –
Clayton Blackmore, Mike Phelan, Darren Ferguson, Jordi Cruyff, Karel Poborsky, Jesper Blomqvist, Luke Chadwick, Ronnie Wallwork*, Quinton Fortune**, Juan Sebastian Veron, Keiran Richardson, Owen Hargreaves, Darron Gibson, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa, Ashley Young, Alan Smith* ** (1)
Paul Ince, Bryan Robson, Andrei Kanchelskis, Antonio Valencia, (2)
Ronny Johnsen*, Lee Sharpe, Cristiano Ronaldo (3)
Nani, Anderson, Park Ji-Sung, Brian McClair* (4)
Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, John O’Shea* (5)
David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville* (6)
Roy Keane (7)
Paul Scholes (11)
Ryan Giggs (13)
*denotes midfield as one position played by a versatile player
**denotes medal awarded by special dispensation
This means that in the Premier League alone (for the purpose of fun, and how exhausting it would be to go over all of the others who have won a League medal, we’ve restricted it to Premier League only) –
73 midfielders have won Premier League medals playing for Manchester United while Steven Gerrard didn’t win a single one.
If you were to complain about the seven players we included as occasional midfielders, that’s still 66 conventional midfielders who won Premier League medals as opposed to Gerrard’s haul of none.
If you are to consider Gerrard’s major trophy haul as 7 (2 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, a European Cup and a UEFA Cup), then three of our midfielders won at least as many leagues titles as Gerrard’s entire trophy haul.
Taking all of Gerrard’s club honours in to consideration (10), Ryan Giggs won 34 – that’s more than three times as many club honours as Giggs.