Ravel Morrison's strange career has taken another twist

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Manchester United’s youth academy isn’t even the most successful youth academy in Manchester anymore.

Manchester City have probably edged past them in that regard with many of Europe’s young wonderkids choosing to join the Etihad club over Old Trafford these days.

However, United have a history and tradition of allowing youth graduates a chance to play for the first-team.

Of course, the famous ‘Class of ’92’ are the most obvious example of these with the Neville brothers, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes all having long and successful careers at the Theatre of Dreams.

But there some more examples outside that incredible youth side that impressed at United at a young age.

However, possibly the most talented youngster never really made the grade at United. In fact, he’s never really made the grade full stop.

Of course, we’re talking about Ravel Morrison.


Morrison was so good that Rio Ferdinand even revealed Alex Ferguson’s reaction to seeing him in training.

"Ravel Morrison might be the saddest case," Ferdinand said. "He possessed as much natural talent as any youngster we ever signed, but he kept getting into trouble. It was painful to sell him to West Ham in January 2012 because he could have been a fantastic player. But, over a period of several years, the problems off the pitch continued to escalate and so we had little option but to cut the cord.

"Sir Alex called me and Wazza over one day and said, 'look, this kid is better than you when you were a kid Wayne, better than you Rio, better than Ryan Giggs'. 'This is the best kid you'll ever see."

Morrison made just three appearances at United before his switch to West Ham. Once again, the midfielder failed to impress, playing just 24 matches in four years at the club.

Aldershot Town v Manchester United - Carling Cup Fourth Round


A surprising move to Lazio appeared to give Morrison to perfect platform to kickstart his career but, since his move in 2015, he's played just eight times.

After another loan spell at QPR, he now finds himself on loan at Atlas in Mexico.

Atlas v Cruz Azul - Torneo Clausura 2018 Liga MX

And finally, it seems he’s getting his career back on track. He’s impressed for Atlas this season and that much can be identified by the fact he’s about to become an international footballer.

Despite being born in Manchester and playing for England’s youth sides, he’s now set to play for Jamaica.

According to BBC Sport journalist Simon Stoney, Morrison will meet up with the Jamaica squad this week and will start his international career with them in September.

That’s brilliant news for Morrison and shows the 25-year-old isn’t finished just yet. While he might not achieve his dream of playing for England, it seems Jamaica have recognised that he's impressing in Mexico and that it's well worth jumping through a few hoops in order to get Morrison eligible.

It will be really interesting to see what happens to his career following his loan move at Atlas but he will soon be a Jamaican international, it seems.

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