Sterling scored within three minutes of his first appearance for City on Tuesday night in Melbourne but had already been booed by that stage as he fell over the ball following his first touch of the game.
Nasri knows only too well of the treatment Sterling is likely to face from Liverpool supporters this season, having upset Arsenal fans when he left for City in 2011.
“You always have stupid fans in the stadium. The same thing happened to me when I left Arsenal,” Nasri said in the Daily Mirror.
“You have to move on. He has come to Manchester City and you have to respect his decision.
“We just have to let him play and he will show how talented he is. He has speed and goals and he’s one of the hottest prospects in world football.
“If the transfer is not too heavy on his shoulders then he can bring us many, many things.
“I have not spoken to him about the pressure and the reaction of the fans because we did not expect this.
“This is a game between Roma and Manchester City in Melbourne!
“We didn’t expect anything like that from these fans, so it is a little surprise. But if he needs any advice about that, then he can come and talk to me.”
“Well done @sterling 31 ! Best Answer, keep it up,” Balotelli wrote.
“Liverpool fans are amazing but I hope@sterling31 will play at his best because he deserve it. He’s a good guy young and talented…..
“Support him Like you always did .He gave everything to this club and respect it so im sad to see this.YNWA ,Liverpool is a family ALWAYS.”