Few players have ever emerged from Manchester United's youth setup with a reputation quite like Ravel Morrison.
Sir Alex Ferguson is documented as telling high-profile players at the club that the English midfielder was the best youngster he had seen during his prolonged spell as manager.
In a team that included the likes of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Adnan Januzaj, the Wythenshawe-born Morrison shone brighter than anyone.
However, his lack of application day in day out saw his enormous potential go unfulfilled.
Unsuccessful spells in England with West Ham, Birmingham, Cardiff and Queens Park Rangers saw Morrison a huge gamble in 2015, when he joined Serie A side Lazio.
That move proved to be a disaster, with the 26-year-old then spending the 2017/18 season on-loan at Mexican side Atlas.
He's now joined Swedish side Ostersund in a bid to rediscover his form ahead of his peak years as a footballer.
It's a crying shame that a player who earned such praise from Ferguson has struggled so much, while the likes of Pogba and Lingard are established stars at United.
But in a recent interview with The Times, Morrison discussed his career compared to the Red Devils pair and gave a very dignified and mature response.
"I’m in touch with Paul and I speak to Jesse all the time," he said. "They’re doing great. I’m not going to turn around and think: ‘That could have been me. That should have been me.’
"Stuff happens. They’re happy, I’m happy for them. I’m not going to be a spiteful or negative person. Life’s too short for that."
For a player whose career has been a constant struggle up until now, it's nice to see such a level of respect between friends and zero resentment.
Of course, if given the chance Morrison would swap his career path for that of Pogba but at 26, the Englishman does still have some years to turn it around.
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