United have been linked with a move for the 20-year-old Liverpool winger. But why...?
Now, we can all see the perks of trying to prise Sterling away from Anfield. Manchester United would infuriate Liverpool fans, create a new chapter in the rivalry between the two clubs and assert their dominance over the Reds.
But, on the pitch, the move would a foolish one.
Sterling has scored seven Premier League goals this season - that won't be enough to get United into the top four, let alone challenge for the title. Okay, off-field issues have distracted him. But they also distracted Luis Suarez in his last term at Anfield - and look what he managed?
Yes, the 20-year-old will be playing with a better quality of players... yet that'll likely mean a demotion to the bench rather than an improvement in his own form.
And there are two main reasons - on top of all this - the Liverpool winger would be a pointless move for Manchester United. Firstly, Memphis Depay is coming to Old Trafford this summer, a far more prolific player than Sterling in a similar if not identical position.
Secondly, United already have Adnan Januzaj as another young, exciting forward with potential for the future. And look what's happened to him...?