The 27-year-old midfielder admits he ‘should have gone further’ in the game (Picture: Getty)

Ravel Morrison appreciates old Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney’s recent remarks claiming he was ‘miles better’ than Paul Pogba, though feels ‘upset’ he did not make the most of his talent.

Rooney revealed that Morrison was the stand-out player from the United academy side that won the FA Youth Cup in 2011 but lacked the professionalism and work ethic required to make it at the top level.

The midfielder, who gained a reputation as a trouble-maker, moved to West Ham in 2012 without ever making a Premier League appearance for United and, despite occasional flashes of brilliance, was shipped out on loan before having spells at Lazio, Mexican club Atlas and Swedish side Ostersund.

Pogba, Lingard and Morrison were part of a massively talented United youth team (Picture: Getty)

Morrison came back to the Premier League with Sheffield United, though only played once before being loaned to Middlesbrough in January, and he admits it is difficult to hear Rooney’s comments but still believes he can prove himself.

‘Obviously amazing comments,’ Morrison told TalkSPORT on Monday. ‘Especially for the player that he is, he’s probably one of the best to come out of England, so it’s high comments from a high player.

‘It makes you a bit upset that I couldn’t have gone a bit further. I should have gone a bit further. I’m hoping still to go a bit further.

‘But to the likes of Pogba and Jesse [Lingard]; I think both are great players. I think we had a great team, [born] around the 92s and 93s, that area of our year.

‘I knew I had ability, but I didn’t realise and understand… obviously these are high players and I didn’t understand their thoughts at the time. I used to just go there and love playing football.’

On suggestions he struggled with the demands at Old Trafford, Morrison continued: ‘I wouldn’t say I struggled with pressure because I didn’t really feel pressure.

‘Maybe some things in my life, when I was young, now I would sit there and not do things or go a different path and stuff like that.

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‘Going into Manchester United was a nice environment to go into every day, world-class players, just enjoyable. If I could go back through my life again there would be a lot of things I’d change.

‘I grew up at United, I was there from the Under-9s. I’d skip training some days, and I would wake up and don’t know why I’d done it, but I’d skip it. And it’s hard to get me off the training field now.’

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