Raheem Sterling Supported City’s Manchester Rivals
A ‘Massive’ Fan of 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.