Former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan believes Ravel Morrison was right to leave Old Trafford.
The youngster, who has been excelling at West Ham this season, left the Old Trafford outfit in January 2012 after struggling to adapt to life at United.
However, he has been in fine form of late and scored a wonder goal as the Hammers beat Tottenham 3-0 at White Hart Lane this past weekend.
But Phelan believes it was right for the player himself and United to go their separate ways.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Phelan said: "He needed to get out of Manchester.
"He has gone away from the club now which I think in hindsight is the correct thing to have done."
"It is easy to say we let our most promising player leave but is it worth the hassle to wait and maybe not see fruition to it?
"It is still a risk with Ravel, but he seems to have got his head in the right situation, his performances are decent and getting better. Hopefully he can maintain that.
"At Manchester United there were other things going on which were a distraction for him and that played a part in his downfall."
Morrison's recent form has led to a call-up to the England U21 squad, but Phelan said his past problems meant he was always going to struggle at Old Trafford.
The ex-United assistant boss continued by saying: "He had a tendency to disappear for the odd day or two and then we would manage to find him and bring him back in.
"It really was a day-to-day project with him. One day he was there and then another he wasn't.
"He is a nice guy when he is with you, when he is around football, but obviously there were distractions.
"At the end of the day is it too much work to put into one person and keep the harmony and the balance? That was a decision that the club had to make."
Morrison will have to wait until December 21 to take on United this season as the two sides will go head-to-head at Old Trafford.
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