Manchester United is one of the clubs whose academy has produced some of the best players. Some of the stars like Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba are all academy graduates of Manchester United. However, there is one of the academy graduates of Manchester United who never turned out to be a star as expected.
The story of Ravel Morrison might surprise many football fans. He was in Manchester United's academy alongside the likes of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Davide Petrucci. He was seen as the next big star at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney praised Ravel Morrison's brilliance and ability on the ball. According to Wayne Rooney, Ravel Morrison was the best player in the academy. Sir Alex Ferguson saw potential in Ravel Morrison and identified him as one of the best he has seen at Manchester United's academy. According to the legendary Scottish manager, Ravel Morrison was going to be the next Paul Scholes.
However, things didn't go as expected for Ravel Morrison. As soon as he was promoted to the seniors team, Ravel Morrison never had the impact he had at the academy. According to Sir Alex Ferguson, Ravel Morrison struggled with lifestyle and environment and that's why he didn't make it as a star. He spent two years at the seniors team but never made any Premier League appearance. He was released in 2012 to West Ham United but still struggled when given playing time.
Ravel Morrison has played for Birmingham City, Queens Park Rangers, Cardiff City, Lazio, Sheffield United, ADO Den Haag and currently Derby County. His career never turned out as expected. During an interview with Rio Ferdinand, Ravel Morrison admitted that he had the potential to be a star at Old Trafford. However, he didn't just make it as everyone expected and that hurts him.
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