‘I didn’t know I was still this good, huh!’: Rio Ferdinand enjoys a heated fight with Ravel Morrison as Manchester United icon visits the former prodigy he believes would be worth £100 MILLION in Derby training
- Ravel Morrison is one of the great unfulfilled talents in English football history
- He came out of the Manchester United academy with Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba
- Now he plays for struggling Derby County under manager Wayne Rooney
- Rio Ferdinand stopped by for a visit and joked with the ex-prodigy
As before, Rio Ferdinand dropped in for a kick-over with Ravel Morrison at Derby practice – a decade after trying to save the youngster’s career from disaster.
The great centre-back was creeping towards the end at Manchester United when Morrison, the next big thing at Old Trafford, started to derail.
Ferdinand tried to intervene but the now 28-year-old Mancunian/Jamaican is in the championship with a crumbling Derby and not the £100million superstar his talent suggested.
Rio Ferdinand went to the Derby County training ground to meet Ravel Morrison
The former Manchester United men came in a two-touch match won by the old professional
Under Wayne Rooney’s management, Morrison begins to take a turn and Ferdinand paid a visit to their training base.
The longtime pro went into a two-touch match and stormed to a 3-1 lead before impressively muffing an exaggerated pass from Morrison – creating the inevitable line.
‘Look, what do I see here? What am I playing with,’ said Ferdinand on his… YouTube.
The midfielder argued ‘did my ball bounce?’ before being cut off by the 42-year-old: ‘Wait, wait, wait, wait. What I just covered there – did you see the class?
‘And what have I done? I’ll just arrange that.’
As Morrison slept off after being dominated by the boastful legend, he claimed, “You didn’t beat me.”
At 42, Ferdinand showed an impressive first touch in his kick about with Morrison
Ferdinand said, ‘He’s still lying man, he’s still lying.
‘You didn’t know I was still this good at this age. My touch in natural, you don’t lose it. It’s like cycling. It’s what I do.’
Now an expert, Ferdinand will be happy to see Morrison finally playing regular football.
The midfielder ended up at Derby through unsuccessful periods at Lazio, Ostersund, Sheffield United and ADO Den Haag. He has made six Championship starts so far this season and scored in the Carabao Cup, but it is not like the heights Morrison expected to reach.
Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard stood in the shadow of the Jamaican international as teenagers as they climbed through United’s academy, but Morrison was never promoted to the first team – having been dumped by Sir Alex Ferguson due to ill-discipline caused by distraction outside of the squad. field and personal struggle.
A question ‘what if?’ will follow Morrison forever after throwing his talent away, and Ferdinand looking back on unraveling the midfielder.
Morrisons’ Manchester United days ended in disappointment when he was let go by the club
Morrison, who finally looks like he’s making progress in reviving his career, has scored for Derby
“Fergie told me to stop doing things with Ravel,” Ferdinand said at the… nice game.
“He told me that the club would resolve the situation. He could have become a £100million player.
“Ravel was chatting with someone who was sent to take care of him, just chatted nonsense with this man and then went about doing what he wanted to do.
“It’s a tricky situation because some of these kids’ home lives are harder than we know. You have to send him. His talent, I have never in my life seen such a boy of that age at 14, 15 years.
“The game is so easy for him. It’s effortless. But talent will only get you so far, mentality and attitude will get you to the top and help you stay there.’