Rio Ferdinand has revealed that his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson told him that Ravel Morrison was the best kid he had ever seen.
In a Q&A with the Daily Mail, the Manchester United legend has discussed the moment Ferguson told him and Wayne Rooney to watch Morrison in action.
In fact, Ferdinand has even admitted that the likes of Adnan Januzaj and Paul Pogba were looking up to Morrison on the field of play.
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When asked who the best academy kid he had ever seen was, Ferdinand responded by saying: Ravel Morrison. Sir Alex Ferguson said 'come and have a look at this kid'. Me and Wazza walked out and there was an Under-15 or Under-16 game going on.
"Fergie said he was the best kid he'd ever seen, better than Giggsy or anyone. He was just playing the game as and when he wanted to play. He would slow it down, then speed it up.
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"It tells you something that when they were 15, 16, 17, Paul Pogba and Adnan Januzaj used to look up to him and idolise him. This kid was the gospel. But he didn't have the mentality to cement himself in a team environment."
But Morrison's career hasn't developed how so many had expected it to; after failing to make a Premier League appearance for the Red Devils, the Manchester-born midfielder moved to West Ham United but continued to be embroiled in controversy away from the pitch.
In fact, Morrison has also had spells at English clubs Birmingham City, QPR and Cardiff City throughout his troubled career. Now, at Lazio, the 23-year-old is still failing to come to prominence. He has played in just three league games for the club all season, culminating in just over 60 minutes of Serie A football.
The former Manchester United man hasn't even featured in Serie A since the end of October, so it's far from certain as to whether he will ever be able to get his stuttering career back on track.
Will he get back on track?
Ferdinand has admitted that he would have loved to get hold of him now if he was 15 or 16 but has insisted that he's always available if the Lazio man ever wants to speak to him.
When asked whether Morrison can turn his career around, the United hero stated: "I hope so. It's a shame he hasn't had the right people around him. I'd love to have been able to get hold of him now if he was still 15 or 16. Sometimes you've got to let those kind of people find themselves but I'm always available if he wants to reach out."
It certainly appears that the footballing world will never quite see the best of Morrison. He certainly could have become a star, but time already appears to be running out. At 23, the ex-United man must get his act together very soon.
Will Morrison ever prove just how good he really is? Have your say below!