When Ravel Morrison left Manchester United in 2012, fans knew what had just walked out of the door.
The prodigiously talented midfielder had been one of the star attractions in United’s 2011 FA Youth Cup triumph for his on field exploits but as good as he was on the pitch, his off field exploits took the headlines.
The 20-year-old came from a tough background and he never had the right attitude to make it at Old Trafford despite Sir Alex Ferguson’s best efforts to give him every opportunity to succeed. Sons of United author Tony Park has discussed the realities of Morrison at United in fine detail.
“I hope you can sort him out because if you can he will be a genius.” Sir Alex Ferguson
Yet, after a loan spell at Birmingham, Morrison has finally turned the page we were all waiting for him to do.
Kevin Nolan told talkSPORT how much his attitude ‘stunk’ when he first arrived at West Ham but he has now knuckled down. He has changed. Football is now his prerogative and West Ham are reaping the rewards as his goal against Tottenham last week showed.
Morrison has also been rewarded for his hard work by a first call-up to England’s Under-21s and he had a fine debut against San Marino. One of his personal highlights was a fine piece of dribbling that showcased his brilliant ball control and flawless technique.
United fans can’t help but look at Morrison and yearn to see him back in Manchester because of how he is playing but the reality is that if he had stayed with us, he wouldn’t be the player he is right now.
Sometimes players need change. Morrison was one of them. He had gone as far as he could go with United and the change of lifestyle was the proverbial kick up the arse he needed. It allowed him to find his focus.
It’s a real shame that Morrison couldn’t have found that focus at Old Trafford but it is fantastic to see the youngster thrive like we all knew he could, even if it isn’t with United.