Rio Ferdinand insists Manchester United would be ready to sign Man City star

Rio Ferdinand insists Manchester United and Liverpool could attempt to sign Raheem Sterling if his ‘baffling’ treatment at Manchester City continues.

Once a pivotal player in Pep Guardiola’s side, Sterling has struggled for consistent game time over the last 12 months, starting two of City’s six games this season.

Only two seasons ago the England international finished as City’s top scorer with 20 goals during the 2019-20 campaign but the forward’s influence has steadily dropped since then, much to the surprise of Ferdinand.

The former United defender discussed Sterling’s situation on Vibe with Five and admitted he has been left bewildered by Guardiola’s treatment of the 26-year-old.

While Sterling endured a rather acrimonious departure from Liverpool in 2015, Ferdinand insists the Reds would be ready to move for the forward if he were to be made available – along with his former side at Old Trafford.

‘Where is Raheem Sterling? He’s lost confidence because he’s been taken out of the team,’ Ferdinand said.

‘He was the go-to guy when they needed a goal, for so many years, and now all of a sudden he’s in the wilderness.

‘I’m baffled by it, I just don’t understand. With Pep, he gets things right more often than not, but with this one there must be clubs sitting there going ‘let’s see how this pans out because I would take Sterling all day!’

Ferdinand added: ‘If I’m Liverpool, I’d buy Sterling tomorrow … If I’m him, I wouldn’t go to Barcelona or Real Madrid right now, that’s why I said Liverpool … Man United will take him!’

Sterling was linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium during the summer transfer window, reportedly rejecting a proposal to join Tottenham as part of City’s attempts to sign Harry Kane.

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