Paul Scholes: Manchester United signing Sterling would not be as serious as Gerrard

Raheem Sterling

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes the Red Devils signing Raheem Sterling from Liverpool is unlikely but not impossible.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes the Red Devils signing Raheem Sterling from Liverpool is unlikely but not impossible.

Speaking to The Independent, Scholes explained that as Sterling was not a product of the Reds academy, his situation is different to if he was Liverpool born and bred.

Scholes said: "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."

The pundit went onto refer to his former teammate Gabriel Heinze whose attempt to sign for Liverpool was blocked by Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Guardian was one of many outlets to report that Manchester United had launched an enquiry to sign Sterling from Liverpool, which was later rejected out of hand by their rivals.

The two clubs are bitter rivals geographically and historically, but also in regard to Premier League positions, with United pipping the Reds to a top four spot this season.

Seven points separate the two sides with one game to go, an advantage which can be correlated to United's home and away wins over Brendan Rodgers' side this season.

The lack of Champions League football is believed to be part of Raheem Sterling's frustration at Liverpool, but he must take a share of the responsibility for this himself, with the way his form has dipped over the past two months.

Liverpool deciding to sanction a move for a key player like Sterling to switch to Manchester United would be unprecedented, and as such is highly unlikely.

Scholes went on to add that he felt Sterling should stay at Liverpool, describing it as 'the best place to develop his talent'.

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