Former Manchester United Captain Gary Neville has revealed the reason why former United academy sensation Ravel Morrison failed to make the grade at the club.
Neville echoed the words of former United teammate Wayne Rooney that the former United youngster was one of the most talented players. He doesn’t think the player’s failure was down to an attitude problem, but rather it was down to huge life challenges.
“When Ravel was 13, I remember categorically Sir Alex Ferguson was saying this is the biggest talent he’s seen at the club since Ryan Giggs,” Neville told Sky Sports. “An enormous statement from someone like Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I used to commentate on MUTV on the youth team games for a number of years while I was playing at United and basically that year they won the youth cup, I commentated on many of those games where Ravel Morrison, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard were all playing, Will Keane, Michael Keane – a really good era for Manchester United in terms of producing young players.
“Ravel was special, really special. I still kept in touch with Ravel throughout all these years. Not often but I do keep in touch with him because I’ve always had a soft spot for him.
“I don’t think it was down to his attitude or lack of work rate to be honest with you.
“I think Ravel had some significant complexities and challenges in his life that I think any of us would have found difficult to deal with and ultimately from that point of view they have meant he’s not quite achieved what he should have achieved.
“But the bit that I still hope for – I don’t think he’ll ever get to the top, I don’t think he’ll play for England like he could have done and there was a point where he was playing for the U21s and for West Ham up to Christmas one year under Sam Allardyce where he really looked like he was getting it together – what I would hope though is that he could have a stable life and a stable football career and off the back of it have something he can focus his attention on.
“For me, the most important thing for Ravel Morrison is he has that stability in his life to go and enjoy the rest of his 30, 40, 50 years he’s going to live. He’s got big challenges and I think he can play football for a few more years. He is a big talent.”