Ravel Morrison’s talent was never in doubt.
His attitude, however, was.
The midfielder was on the books at Manchester United but Sir Alex Ferguson, a huge fan of Morrison, had little else but to move him on in 2012.
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He signed for West Ham but a loan spell at Birmingham quickly followed. The former England U21 international returned to Upton Park for the 2013-14 and a stunning goal against Tottenham gave fans hope that he would fulfil his potential.
But, just four months after the goal at White Hart Lane, Morrison was loaned to Queens Park Rangers. A temporary move to Cardiff City followed before he was eventually sold to Lazio last year.
Morrison has failed to light up the Stadio Olimpico in the same way Paul Gascoigne did over 20 years ago but, ahead of the new season, he’s given Lazio chiefs something to think about by scoring a delightful Panenka penalty in a recent friendly.
Morrison uploaded the video to his Twitter page and the response, much of which is provided by Manchester United fans, is a mixture of those regretting things didn’t work out at Old Trafford and others wanting him to “come home”.
Pogba looked up to Ravel
For an idea of just how highly Morrison was valued at United, Paul Pogba, the player who is deemed worth £100 million, used to look up to him when the pair were together at the club, according to Rio Ferdinand.
“Ravel Morrison, I've never seen a guy look so comfortable on a football pitch, but you can't just have one of them without the other, you've got to have everything,” Ferdinand recently told Copa 90.
"I'd love to see him given a chance to come back and show everyone his talent because the kid was just different. Pogba, Januzaj, Lingard... they used to look up to this boy.
"People don't realise how good he was. Those boys used to look up to him like, 'wow, Ravel Morrison'."
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