Wayne Rooney has revealed he smashed Ravel Morrion’s phone up in the Manchester United dressing room, because he was a reserve.
Morrison was regarded as one of the hottest properties in European football when he was emerging through the United ranks.
Sir Alex Ferguson described him as “the best player he’d seen at a young age”.
But he struggled with the professionalism required and Rooney admits his off field issues prevented him from making it to the top level.
Rooney told the Man Utd podcast: “I think with the younger players obviously it’s been well documented with Ravel Morrison.
“He was brilliant in training but he had a few issues and it halted his career. We all thought he’d be top level.”
Rooney claims the United players tried “different things” to help Morrison maximise his potential.
But also revealed his harsh reaction to Morrison using his phone charger.
“Everyone could see those issues would be there and quite a few people tried to [intervene],” Rooney added. “I spoke to him and smashed his phone up at one point.
“He came into the first-team dressing room when he was in the reserves and my phone was in charge so he took it off and put his on.
“It was one of the old BlackBerry phones and it had your email address on the front so I thought it was one of the other lads.
“When I saw it was one of the reserve players at the time I just smashed his phone up.
“Gary Neville was trying to get him to live with him so people were trying different things.”