Former Manchester United man Ravel Morrison has said he regrets not making the most of his chances at Old Trafford.
The 22-year-old was touted as one the brightest talents of his generation when he made his first-team debut in 2010. However, his time with the Red Devils soon turned sour and he left the club for West Ham United in 2012 having made just three League Cup appearances.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, the Lazio midfielder said Alex Ferguson gave him more than enough chances to prove himself at Manchester United and he only has himself to blame.
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He said: "I don’t think they would have given any other player the amount of opportunities they gave me.
“I can only blame myself and not look for excuses. A lot of the things I did wrong at United was silly stuff. It wasn’t because I was involved in robberies.
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“It was more messing about playing computer games and hanging out too much with my friends when I should have been more dedicated to training.
“Back then I had time-keeping issues, too. I never thought, ‘Oh s***, I’ve got to go outside now and get on the training pitch’."
To break into the Manchester United first-team, especially with the team they had at that time, would have been some achievement, but there is no doubting Morrison had the natural ability to be knocking on the door.
His story is yet another example of a young player throwing away their talent and realising their mistakes later in life. On the plus side, Morrison still has age on his side and could revive his career.
The former England Under-21 international produced glimpses of his unbelievable talent during his time at West Ham, and if he can get back to that level of performance - and stay clear of trouble off the field - he could well grab the attention of Roy Hodgson ahead of Euro 2016.
Just think Manchester United fans; Paul Pogba also left the club in 2012. What a midfield that could have been.
Will Ravel Morrison ever reach his full potential? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!
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