Ravel Morrison could have been “a £100m player” if Man United had taken better care of him, according to Rio Ferdinand.
Morrison has long been considered one of the most naturally talented players in United’s modern history, but made just three League Cup appearances before leaving the club in 2012.
The midfielder has floated around since, struggling to settle at West Ham, Lazio, Ostersund and now Sheffield United, whom he joined last summer and has played just one Premier League game.
Ferdinand, who watched the 27-year-old emerge at Old Trafford, believes Morrison could have dominated the game if he was nurtured better.
“I used to tell him to come to my house but Sir Alex wanted me to step away from doing stuff with Ravel because he felt the club could deal with the situation,” he told the Beautiful Game Podcast.
“But this goes back to my earlier point about Gavin [Rose, Dulwich Hamlet manager]. If Gavin was at Man United back then then I don’t think Ravel slips through the net, I think Ravel becomes a £100m player.
“But there wasn’t someone like that at Man United then and even now I don’t see people like that at clubs. People from the estates, from the streets with similar backgrounds to these players so they can talk to them.
“I know Ravel was talking to someone that was told to look after him, walking this guy from through the park and telling him what he wanted to hear and then going and doing what he wanted to do. because he could get away with it.”
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