Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has revealed that Ravel Morrison was the best youngster Sir Alex Ferguson had ever seen.
The 20-year-old, who left Old Trafford to join West Ham in January 2012, has made headlines this year as he continues to fulfil his undoubted potential, and Ferdinand has acknowledged that they always knew he was capable of going on to big things.
When Morrison was still with the current Premier League champions, Ferdinand has revealed that their old boss believed the starlet was ahead of all others when it came to ability for his age.
In an interview with BT Sport, the former England captain said: "Ever since the first day I saw him, the old boss (Ferguson) said to me look at this kid, number 7 on the training pitch, come and watch, best kid he’s ever seen," Ferdinand told BT Sport.
"He was about 14 at the time. He was taking the mick out of all the other players on the pitch, he’s that good, he trained with the first team at about 16.
"Darren Fletcher said to me, he runs with the ball, he just runs with it and he’s almost looking at me while he’s running with the ball, and waiting for me to make a move and then reacting. The top players can do that, they react to defenders movements."
Morrison has put in a number of inspired performances so far this campaign and there have been calls for him to be given his first cap for England as a result.
His attitude towards the game and some other plays however could spell problems for him in the future, as he's already garnered a reputation as being a potential source of trouble.