I worry slightly for this lad. As soon as he came on he was being treated like he has all the answers to our problems. There were plenty of shouts like 'give it to Raheem'.
Nothing wrong in that. Imagine what it does to your confidence to hear that on your debut. Fantastic.
There's usually a bit of a pattern with talented youngsters like Sterling. In the first few games they're fearless, fresh, and unknown. They're capable of not just turning a game, but taking it by the scruff of the neck. It's later when tiredness sets in and defenders have learned to neutralise the obvious strengths - that's when there's a bit of a crisis. It happened to Giggs, it happened to Heighway, it happened to McManaman, it happened to Walcott. Those players had to re-think their game a bit and learn new ways of beating a man.
However, we're not there yet. Where we're at is a place where a raw, largely unknown Sterling might do some real damage, even to seasoned defences. And that's why I'd play him in the Semi, and the Final after he's helped get us there.