Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has admitted that he wasn't surprised Liverpool knocked the Red Devils back in their attempts to move for England international Raheem Sterling.
In his column for the Independent, the club's former midfielder told how former teammate Gabriel Heinze was blocked from completing a move to Merseyside when he was plying his trade for United.
Sterling, of course, has been the subject of much debate in recent time after he rejected a new five-year deal worth £100,000-a-week with the club.
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And Scholes, despite admitting that he doesn't think a move between the two clubs would be too serious, has insisted that he doesn't expect it to happen.
He stated: "I wasn’t surprised to see Liverpool knock back United’s inquiry, as reported, about Raheem Sterling.
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"I can recall Gabriel Heinze trying to go the other way and being told it just wasn’t going to happen. As for Sterling, 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."
Scholes also suggested that Sterling is at the right place to continue his development in the game, so shouldn't seek an exit from Anfield. In fact, the ex-United man suggested that there is still room for improvement for the versatile forward.
The United legend continued by saying: "My view on Sterling has not changed. He is a good player but Liverpool looks like the best place to develop his talent. There is still a lot of room for improvement."
Scholes is right
Let's be honest: Raheem Sterling isn't going to join Manchester United anytime soon. But Scholes is most certainly right about one thing: the Liverpool man is still very much in need of improvement.
At just 20-years-old, he no doubt has a wonderful career in front of him, but he's still some way off becoming a top, top player.
The very best are consistently brilliant week in, week out, and Sterling is still some way off from doing just that. In fact, in the second half of the campaign, he's struggled for form and failed to really kick on as his side have struggled. He probably should stay at Anfield, but it may prove difficult for him to win the club's supporters over.
Manchester United and Liverpool fans: Is there any chance Sterling will arrive at Old Trafford this summer? Have your say in the comments section below!