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Ravel Morrison was a hot prospect at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand has bemoaned Ravel Morrison’s failure to fulfill his potential, claiming the midfielder should have become a ‘£100m player’.

The Sheffield United ace was once the talk of Manchester as an U18 side including Morrison, Paul Pogba, Adnan Januzaj and Jesse Lingard won the FA Youth Cup.

Despite including the likes of Pogba, it was Morrison that excited Sir Alex Ferguson. The Scot is said to have privately stated that Morrison was the finest player he’d seen emerge through United’s academy, beating the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and David Beckham to the crown.

However, off-field issues blighted Morrison’s early career and he soon developed a reputation as a troublemaker. Ferdinand was designated by Ferguson to mentor Morrison but he was eventually taken off the job.

Ferdinand says Morrison’s talent was frightening (Picture: Youtube)

‘I used to tell him to come to my house but Sir Alex wanted me to step away from doing stuff with Ravel because he felt the club could deal with the situation,’ Ferdinand told the Beautiful Game Podcast.

‘But this goes back to my earlier point about Gavin [Rose, Dulwich Hamlet manager]. If Gavin was at Manchester United back then then I don’t think Ravel slips through the net, I think Ravel becomes a £100m player.

‘But there wasn’t someone like that at United then and even now I don’t see people like that at clubs. People from the estates, from the streets with similar backgrounds to these players so they can talk to them.

Morrison has made just one league appearance this term (Picture: Getty)

‘I know Ravel was talking to someone [allocated by the club] that was told to look after him, walking this guy from through the park and telling him what he wanted to hear and then going and doing what he wanted to do. because he could get away with it.

But Gavin is the type of person that would see through it and pull him up straight away to tell him ‘listen, calm yourself down this is how you need to move’ and that’s it.

‘It’s a tricky situation sometimes these kids home lives are different from what you know. Yeah we’re all from an estate but once you close doors you don’t know what happens behind there so you need experience to get the best out of someone

‘Ravel’s talent I’ve always said it I’ve never seen a kid of that age [at] 14,15 years old like it in my life, he was different.

‘Even if you see his videos now, he sent me some from training at Sheffield United what he was doing to man was nasty still. He was doing mad stuff. the game comes so easy to him, it’s effortless.’

Morrison made just three appearances for United’s first team before joining West Ham.

He had the best season of his career with the Hammers in 2013/14 when he played 16 times in the Premier League, scoring five times.

However, Morrison’s career has yet to take off and he spent time in Italy, Mexico and Sweden before joining the Blades.

He’s made one league appearance this season.

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