Phil Chisnall was the last footballer to move between Liverpool and Manchester United back in 1964. Since then, no one has dared cross the fierce divide between the two most successful clubs in English football history.
After rejecting a £100,000-a-week contract offer from Liverpool, per the BBC, Sterling has made it abundantly clear that he wants a move away from Anfield in a bid to win more trophies.
The 20-year-old is one of the most talented players on the continent and the fact he is an England international makes his situation all the more high profile. Although the rumours have calmed down over the last couple of weeks, Sterling is likely to move this summer.
It is highly unlikely that Sterling would cross the divide to United but it would appear to make sense from a playing point of view.
Van Gaal’s men have recently returned to the Champions League at the first time of asking and any club who is playing in Europe’s elite club competition would be an attractive proposition for Sterling.
United would also be in a better position to challenge for the Premier League title and win trophies next season as Liverpool are a club with plenty of re-building to do. Sterling would also fit into several roles in Van Gaal’s 4-3-3 system.
The Reds have still not managed to replace Luis Suarez, who left to join Barcelona last summer, whilst Daniel Sturridge will miss the start of next season through injury and captain Steven Gerrard has moved to LA Galaxy.
Despite it all making sense on the pitch, Liverpool have moved to quash any rumours about Sterling moving to United, according to the Liverpool Echo.
They remain adamant that no deal will be done, which should put an end to any speculation about Sterling and United. However, Liverpool probably won’t get rid of a stubborn man like Van Gaal that easily if he is seriously interested in the winger.