Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that selling Ravel Morrison to West Ham United in 2012 was “painful”.
Morrison came through the Man United academy and was touted by many to go on and achieve great things but off-field problems always plagued his development and Ferguson had to eventually let him go.
Morrison was sold to West Ham in 2012 without making a senior appearance for United and it was a real shame for the club to have to let him go. However, the 22-year-old has done nothing to prove United wrong since, spending spells on loan at various different clubs before eventually making his way to Italy to sign for Lazio this summer.
Ferguson admitted that Morrison’s talent made it incredibly difficult to sell him.
The former manager said: “Ravel Morrison might be the saddest case. He possessed as much natural talent as any youngster we ever signed, but kept getting into trouble.
“It was very painful to sell him to West Ham in 2012 because he could have been a fantastic player. But, over a period of years, the problems off the pitch continued to escalate and we had little option but to cut the cord.”
Ferguson was at United for over 26 years and saw countless players come and go, so it is a big statement when he says that Morrison was his “saddest case”. It gives the public a good idea of just how talented the youngster was and what a shame it is that he never grew into a great player at Old Trafford.