Nevertheless, with an ever-excelling David de Gea guarded by a stern defence, City can expect a gruelling game - patience will be key and they may well have to rely on another late victor.
"Hopefully we can win the game, it would be massive".
Table-toppers City are favourites to win the Premier League, which would be Sterling's first title - and England kick off in Russian Federation on June 18.
The result at the Etihad Stadium was City's third consecutive 2-1 victory in the space of eight days, with the league leaders thoroughly tested by their opponents before striking late on. But that's what Pep Guardiola and co. have been doing, and no one across Europe has been able to put a stop to their incredible run. Yet, all eyes will surely now turn to next Sunday's clash at Old Trafford.
According to The Mirror, the two-time Premier League champions want to reward the 22-year-old with new terms, but the man himself will delay talks until after England's World Cup campaign in Russian Federation next summer. However, only a few of the City players who came from behind to beat the resilient Hammers will make the trip to Ukraine. Regardless, if anybody is equipped to pick them apart, it is Guardiola's firebrands.
Manchester United are on the verge of hitting top gear, according to midfielder Ander Herrera.
The prestigious record was first set in the 1891-92 season, when both Preston and Sunderland managed 13 wins in 13 games.
Despite United's comfortable position, manager Jose Mourinho has said he will not field a weakened line-up against CSKA in anticipation of the visit of Manchester City.
The BBC pundit was raving about them on Match of the Day and has even gone as far as to suggest that he still very much believes they are capable of winning the title.