The Sheffield United player England legend thinks is better than Paul Pogba

Wayne Rooney has described Sheffield United’s Ravel Morrison as better than Paul Pogba “by a country mile” but believes the midfielder’s failure to realise his potential is a lesson for every young footballer.

Sunday, 3rd May 2020, 11:23 am
Updated Sunday, 3rd May 2020, 3:05 pm

Morrison moved to Bramall Lane on a short-term deal at the beginning of the season, as United prepared for their first taste of Premier League football since 2007.

But after failing to command a regular place in Chris Wilder’s starting eleven, the 27-year-old is now on loan at Championship club Middlesbrough with United unlikely to renew his deal when it expires at the end of the present campaign.

After working with Morrison at Manchester United, Rooney initially thought Morrison was destined to become one of the game’s greats. But he suspects his former team mate’s chequered past off the pitch has prevented him from making the most of his talents.

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Writing in his column for a national newspaper, Rooney said: I remember watching Ravel Morrison thinking he had everything required for a player in his position.

“He nutmegged Nemanja Vidic three times in the space of a minute in one training game.

“But he (Morrison) struggled with his lifestyle and his environment which was sad for him, because I saw Paul Pogba come through, Jesse Lingard - all these players - and Ravel was better than any of them by a country mile.”

After progressing through Old Trafford’s youth system, Morrison joined West Ham in 2012 before embarking upon a nomadic career encompassing spells with clubs including Birmingham City, Queens Park Rangers, Lazio and Ostersund before heading to United.

Ravel Morrison of Sheffield United skips past Laurens De Bock of Sunderland during the Carabao Cup match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. Picture date: 25th September 2019. Picture credit should read: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

He made only four appearances before dispatched to the Riverside in January, where he is scheduled to spend the remainder of the campaign.

Rooney, now of Derby County, added: “He (Morrison) is proof that you can’t escape the fact there are guidelines every player has to obey in professional football.

“Then you think how far you can go by being ultra-professional. Gary Neville, for instance. Gary's not a great football player but he worked in every minute of every training session and made the most of everything he had.”

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Derby County's English striker Wayne Rooney reacts during the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Derby County and Manchester United at Pride Park Stadium in Derby, central England on March 5, 2020: OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images

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