Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes says Ravel Morrison is "a top talent" and that the 21-year-old has plenty of time to turn his career around.
This comes after the West Ham United midfielder was cleared of all charges for assault. He is currently at Upton Park but his future is unclear.
Scholes and Morrison were at Manchester United together until the youngster was sold in January 2012 for £650,000. Sir Alex Ferguson made it clear he wanted to sell the starlet after a number of criminal offences and poor behaviour.
But Scholes, regarded by many as the greatest midfielder of his generation, has expressed his opinion that Morrison is a top talent.
He said in his column in the Independent: "The problems Ravel has had in his life have been well documented and it is fair to say that I saw first-hand the issues he presents when our careers overlapped at Manchester United.
"What I can also say is that he has remarkable skill and vision for a footballer. I saw a lot of great young prospects at United but he really stood out on the days when he wanted to shine."
Morrison has failed to cement a first-team place at the Hammers despite showing glimpses of the talent that Scholes saw in him during his United days.
He has had loan spells in the Championship with Birmingham City, Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City, and did very well at St Andrews and Loftus Road before struggling to make a big impact in South Wales with distractions over his personal life looming over his head.
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Scholes feels that if he can put that all behind him and start afresh he can still have the career that Scholes, 40, predicted he would have.
"If there is one consolation it is that Ravel is still young. He turns 22 next month. There is time for him to turn his career around."
Scholes also believes that a lot of credit has to go to Manchester United U21 coach Warren Joyce.
"No one could have done more for him than Warren Joyce, the club's reserve team manager and latterly the Under 21s coach, who went out of his way to try to understand what made Ravel tick."
Morrison has been linked with a move to Italian club Lazio this month as he looks to secure a permanent move away from the Boleyn.