Considering the amount of talent that passed through in Alex Ferguson’s 27 years at Old Trafford, this is quite a statement.
In branding Ravel Morrison’s spell at the club as the ‘saddest case’ he’s dealt with, Ferguson described in his latest book, Leading, how the youngster had the all the ability and potential to become a legend.
“Sadly, there are examples of players who have similar backgrounds to Giggs or Cristiano Ronaldo, who, despite enormous talent, just aren’t emotionally or mentally strong enough to overcome the hurts of their childhood and their inner demons,” Ferguson wrote.
“Ravel Morrison might be the saddest case. He possessed as much natural talent as any youngster we ever signed, but kept getting into trouble.”
Fergie laments the fact that the situation unfortunately reached an impass.
“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.”
For his part, Morrison admitted that Ferguson had shown too much faith in him.
“No, I have to be honest about this. Manchester United and Alex Ferguson gave me too many chances,” the 22-year-old Lazio midfielder told the Sun.
“I don’t think they would have given any other player the amount of opportunities they gave me. I can only blame myself and not look for excuses. It was more messing about playing computer games and hanging out too much with my friends when I should have been more dedicated to training.”
The refreshing honesty continued in earnest.
“I truly regret what I did but people won’t let me move on,” he added. “They don’t talk about my football but focus on my past problems.
“I’m not trouble. I’m just misunderstood. When people think of my name, they think, “He’s young and trouble”. That is what’s labelled over my name – trouble.”
Morrison currently plays for Serie A side Lazio after a move from West Ham earlier this year.