Ravel Morrison was once touted as the most promising star rising through the youth ranks at Old Trafford, helping United to the 2011 FA Youth Cup with two superb goals in the final.
However, in January 2012 he completed a transfer to Upton Park for just £650,000.
So why did United let go of one of their most promising talents?
Morrison’s behavioural record was unbecoming of a professional football player.
In 2008 he was cautioned for assault, in 2011 he pleaded guilty to witness intimidation and then only three months later, he was fined £600 for throwing his girlfriend’s phone out of a window.
Phelan has recently attributed this behaviour to the company he was keeping, telling BBC Radio 5live that he “needed to get out of Manchester".
But now he is almost unrecognisable, helping Aston Villa to an impressive victory over Tottenham with a goal Sam Allardyce described as “a bit of genius”, his new manager claiming Morrison had “sorted himself out”.
So were United right to let him go? Phelan thinks so, having reached the decision by asking whether keeping him was “too much work to put into one person while keeping the harmony and balance."
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