Wayne Rooney says Ravel Morrison was miles better than Paul Pogba, in an exclusive with The Sunday Times.
Writing in his regular column for the newspaper, Rooney reflected on Morrison’s eye-catching displays in first-team training with Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.
The club legend wrote: “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.”
However, Rooney added that “he struggled with 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.”
Morrison played together with Pogba and Jesse Lingard in the Manchester United academy at the start of their professional careers, but he struggled to earn a place in the Red Devils senior squad, and finally left Old Trafford for Premier League side West Ham United.
The 27-year-old has played for a number of sides all across Europe, most recently linking up with Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United from Ostersunds FK on a free transfer last summer. Unfortunately, he failed to break into the starting line-up and joined Championship side Middlesbrough on loan in January.
Meanwhile, Paul Pogba has been subject to frequent transfer speculation, whipped up by the actions of his agent Mino Raiola, and it remains to be seen if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be able to keep a hold of the Frenchman before the start of next season.
Naturally, many United fans took to Twitter to share their views on Rooney’s opinion, with one fan tweeting “Fergie failed”, while another said that Morrison was “different gravy.”
Have a read through some of the mixed reactions down below…
— SK 🔰☔️ (@Samzy336) May 3, 2020
Being good at the academy level doesn’t mean you will be good at the pro level. Enough of this gibberish that you run every year.
— Sosa (@SosaUnmatched) May 3, 2020
Rio last week raving about morrison and how the club didn’t manage him well. Now Rooney. Fergie failed.
— (@B_Muritu) May 3, 2020
we only care about what they become. pogbas become world class. the other 2 are frauds pic.twitter.com/fWfybzrfIU
— ☪️ (@PathT0Glory) May 3, 2020
Rav was different gravy!
— Jagz (@jagzmadden) May 4, 2020
Talent can only take you so far
— Cole (@17Coal) May 3, 2020
If Ravel Morrison was better than Paul Pogba by a country mile, I can only imagine the madness
— Emma_Malay (@_issavybe_) May 4, 2020
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