Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has made a rather startling revelation. The Englishman, whilst speaking to the Mirror, revealed that his favorite club growing up was Manchester United.
It is interesting to note that Sterling has played for Liverpool and Manchester City – United’s two biggest rivals.
Sterling’s incredible rise
Sterling joined Liverpool’s youth system from QPR and went on to develop into a prodigious talent.
He cemented his place in the first team soon enough and was a major part of Liverpool’s success under Brendan Rodgers.
The 24-year-old moved to Manchester City in 2015. He has since developed into one of the finest players on the planet and was recently named the PFA Young Player of the Year.
However, it appears that his favourite club growing up was United and not Liverpool as initially believed.
“When I was young, I was a massive United fan”: Raheem Sterling
Sterling recalled that his first memories of being a United fan included watching the Red Devils succumb to a 1-0 defeat in the 2007 FA Cup final to Chelsea.
“I shouldn’t really say this – not now, definitely not now! – but when I was young I was a massive United fan.
“I had an old United kit, from when they won the last FA Cup. I was at the final in 2007.
“If two or three of the kids could be inspired, then that’s all I was trying to do. Purely, that’s how I felt at the time.
He wouldn’t be regretting his eventual move to City one bit though. Under Pep Guardiola, Sterling has thrived, becoming one of City’s best players.
He played an integral role in their Premier League triumph this season, scoring 17 goals and providing 10 assists.
He will also be looking to aid the Sky Blues in their quest for a domestic treble. Sterling is expected to feature in City’s FA Cup final match against Watford.