Former Manchester United youngster Ravel Morrison believes he only has himself to blame for the problems that led to his exit from the club.
The 22-year-old was involved in numerous off-field incidents while part of the youth system at Old Trafford, and was convicted of intimidating two witnesses of a knife-point mugging when he was 17.
After mixed spells with West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City, Morrison now plies his trade with SS Lazio in Serie A, but is yet to make a start for the Italian outfit.
When asked if United let him go too soon, Morrison said: “No, I have to be honest about this.
“Manchester United and Alex Ferguson gave me too many chances. 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.
“A lot of the things I did wrong at United was silly stuff. It wasn’t because I was involved in robberies. 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.”
Aside from Paul Pogba‘s departure, Morrison’s failure to break through to the first-team is something many supporters were disappointed about as the youngster had staggering potential.
Speaking in his new book, Leading, Sir Alex Ferguson describes him as having “as much natural talent as any youngster we ever signed”, and it is hard to disagree. When playing for the reserve and youth teams Morrison was quite clearly a league ahead in terms of development, and he could have become a vital part of United’s next generation.
However, Fergie was always quick to point out that no player was bigger than the club, and the youngsters reluctance to buckle down and work hard meant that there was only one way out. At 22 however, the Manchester-born midfielder still has plenty of time to get his career back on track.