Steven Gerrard once destroyed Michael Owen for his transfer to Manchester United and it had every pundit who heard it in stitches.

Gerrard and Owen were teammates at Liverpool between 1998 and 2004, when Owen opted to join Real Madrid.

Five years later, Owen would find himself at Old Trafford after leaving Newcastle United as a free agent.

Crossing the Merseyside/Manchester divide is frowned upon and back in December, Gerrard couldn’t resist having a dig.

Owen asked Aston Villa manager Gerrard: “We’ve all gone back to Anfield in different guises. I must admit I hated going back to Anfield, what were your emotions like going back. How did it feel taking a team back to your home?”

That saw the former Reds captain quip: “If I played for Man U I’d hate coming back too!”

Image Credit: AlamyOwen moved to United after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and Sir Alex Ferguson initially had his eye on Karim Benzema.

He opted to join Real Madrid however and it left United without a clear replacement.

“I only came to United because he chose Real Madrid instead of United,” the 42-year-old admitted last year. “The first time I got a call from Sir Alex Ferguson, he said ‘We want to sign Benzema, if we don’t get him… (we’re getting you).'”

Gerrard, meanwhile, spent almost the entirety of his career with Liverpool.

He was named captain in 2003 and went on to win the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup as skipper.

Image Credit: AlamyOne trophy that alluded him his entire career was the Premier League title and he joined LA Galaxy in 2015 before retiring a year later.

Later that year, he replaced Dean Smith as Villa manager and lead them to a 14th place finish.