Raheem Sterling

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has admitted he was a “massive” Manchester United fan when he was growing up.

Sterling and Kompany

Sterling, who helped City to back-to-back Premier League titles last weekend, says one of his first experiences as a United fan was seeing them lose 1-0 to Chelsea in the 2007 FA Cup final at Wembley.

Sterling has 48 goals in 122 appearances since arriving at the Etihad Stadium in 2015, but he has never scored against the team he supported as a child.

Sterling told the Daily Mirror: “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.

Raheem Sterling celebrates

“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.”