Despite playing for Liverpool and Manchester City, Raheem Sterling has revealed that he was a "massive" Manchester United fan when he was a kid.
The Manchester City forward grew up in the Wembley area of London but never went to a game at the famous old stadium until United's defeat to Chelsea in the 2007 FA Cup final. Due to his prowess in football while still at school, Sterling earned a ticket to go watch the game and returned the favor as he donated 550 tickets to the same school for City's FA Cup semi-final victory over Brighton.
In an interview with Mirror, Sterling revealed that he supported United as a kid, "I was at the final in 2007, 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."