It may become a little more understandable, however, when you realise that that former United man is a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Real Madrid ace is the current holder of the Ballon d'Or trophy, signifying that he is considered by voters as the best player on the planet.
And Sterling admits he 'really looks up' to Ronaldo as he is, quite simply, the 'best in the world.'
Sterling told the Daily Mirror: “I really look up to Cristiano Ronaldo, he is someone that has always been an idol to me... but I’m not going to say any more other than the players I look up to are the best in the world and everyone wants to be like the best in the world.”
“If I am not scoring I need to be assisting and making goals which is a massive part of my game which I need to improve on really. That is my main aim this season to get that goals-per-game ratio up.
"I am focusing this season on going again and going onto the next level which I know i can reach. I’m determined it is only a matter of time before I get there.”
Despite being just 19, Sterling is fast becoming recognised throughout England as one of the Premier League's - and the national side's - finest talents.
The winger's impact at Anfield was clear to see last term as he produced a devastating string of performances for the Reds.
But Sterling now appears to have taken on the responsibility of providing England with their most creative outlet, as well as unlocking defences for Liverpool.
And, this season, Sterling can really look to emulate Ronaldo as he makes his first ever appearances in the Champions League.