Manchester United’s iconic midfielder Ryan Giggs has called upon Louis van Gaal’s troops to begin the upcoming Premier League season in much stronger form than last term, as per the MEN.

At least in the second instance City might make a profit, but I really can not see a situation where the Eastlands faithful will be flocking to Sterling’s testimonial after 10 trophy-laden seasons – though I will happily be proven completely wrong!

However, I would suggest that the upshot of this scenario 12 months down the line will be that it is the staff at the Etihad Stadium who will be fielding the calls claiming sickies while Sterling and his hyper-active agent fuss about rubber-stamping a move to Laliga and either Real Madrid or Barcelona.

Following Manchester United’s huge signings of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger, ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti explains which midfielder will have the bigger impact at Old Trafford.

‘I feel physically in the best shape possible, and I feel with my confidence levels that I am ready now to move to a big club. I felt good, feel like I progressed and now I’m ready for Manchester United.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian were signed up from Bayern Munich, Southampton and Torino respectively during last weekend’s manic 48 hours.

He told Sky Sports News headquarters: “I am ready”.

With so many new faces the squad will take time to gel, but while supporters will be determined for their troops to explode out of the blocks, the main priority is to not drop silly points, as they did last season.

‘The aim for a club like Manchester is to win everything, ‘ he said. There are a lot of similar players however at United, so he would need to really prove himself early on to get himself a regular spot in the first team.

“I have enjoyed seven very happy years with Southampton and it’s a club that will always be in my heart”.