Raheem Sterling Reveals He Supported Manchester United as a Youngster

Raheem Sterling
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City looks on during the training session at Manchester City Football Academy on May 16, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Man City via Getty Images)

Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has revealed to the Daily Mirror that he supported the Citizen’s Manchester rivals as a teenager.

Raheem Sterling Supported City’s Manchester Rivals

A ‘Massive’ Fan of United

Former Liverpool striker Raheem Sterling has claimed in an interview with The Mirror that he supported Manchester United.

The City forward grew up near Wembley; however, he never went to a game at the National Stadium until United’s defeat to Chelsea in the 2007 FA Cup final.

Sterling’s presence at the final was as a result of a gifted ticket from his school. The forward returned the favour by donating 550 tickets to the same school for City’s semi-final win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

“I was at the final in 2007,” he recalled. “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.

“To be in the stadium… it was incredible. It was unbelievable and that was when I tried to give the tickets to the school. That was motivated by that — being so close to the stadium and not going there more than once.

“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.

“If there was a kid who had a chance of being a footballer, hopefully, that will give them motivation or inspiration to change their dreams.”

After adding the Premier League to the League Cup last weekend; the City forward will be keen to add the FA Cup to City’s trophy collection and claim a historic domestic treble.

If they beat Watford on Saturday, they will have achieved something no other English side has ever done before by triumphing in England’s three most prestigious competitions.

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