In his weekly column for The Independent/London Evening Standard, Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has echoed our sentiments about Raheem Sterling by saying that the lad would be best served by staying at Liverpool to develop his career.
With all the current chaos surrounding his age, you might imagine that this is now unlikely to happen. But a couple of years ago there was similar acrimony with Wayne Rooney at Manchester United and that one sorted itself out.
I wasn’t surprised to see Liverpool knock back United’s inquiry, as reported, about Raheem Sterling.
I don’t think it would be as serious a move as United signing a born-and-bred Liverpudlian like Steven Gerrard, but clearly selling to one another is not something the two clubs like to do.
My view on Sterling has not changed. He is a good player but Liverpool looks like the best place to develop his talent. There is still a lot of room for improvement.
We couldn’t agree more. By far Sterling’s current greatest asset is his pace. But, over the years, we have seen so many quick and promising England wingers fall at the final hurdle because thy don’t develop the finesse to go with their natural attributes.
Stelring does look as if he is playing within himself right now – he certainly isn’t the player that terrorised defences last season. And a move may reignite his form. But it could just as easily got he other way as the pressure of such a big move for one so young could put his career back years.
We always felt that he would be far better to develop himself at Liverpool, the club which made him the player that he is today. And overtures from Manchester United, he may still end up doing that.
Manchester United fans: how possible is a deal?