Right now, who doesn’t know Paul Pogba? The player who is now in Manchester United uniform is one of the best midfielders on earth.
Before being raised by the senior Manchester United team, Pogba also studied at the United Junior Team. At that time between the years 2009-2011. In the United youth team, Pogba played quite well. As a midfielder, he used to pair up with his teammate at the time, Ravel Morrison.
Besides Morisson and Pogba, Manchester United was also strengthened by Jese Lingard. Pogba, Morrison, and Lingard were close friends when they were together strengthening the red devil junior team a few years ago.
But now, the three of them suffer a different fate, some are successful, some are called a failure.
We all know that Manchester United are known to be good at managing talented young players. In the 90s, there was a golden generation of the United States who won glory. Star players like David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and several other players have been born by young United teams.
Now in the era of the 2000s, United also had some promising young talents, some of whom we have already mentioned, namely Lingard, Pogba and Morison. The three players played together in the United youth team from 2009 to 2011.
In April 2011, the young Manchester United wonder-kids won a junior FA Cup title. Manchester United at that time defeated Sheffield United. In the second round of the final, Ravel Morrison even scored two goals.
Some young United players are showing a neat appearance. However, there is one of the most prominent players, the Wonderkid who stole the attention in that generation. He is Ravel Morrison.
Morrison’s talent was even called by Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United manager at the time, as the best in the team. Fergie-Ferguson’s nickname claimed Morrison is greater than the young legends of Manchester United.
As a result, Manchester United did not hesitate to give Morrison his first professional contract when he was 17, on February 2, 2010.
When Sir Alex Ferguson stood next to Ferdinand while leading the training session of the United Nations youth team, Fergie’s eyes were fixed on an extraordinary figure of youth; not Paul Pogba but Ravel Morrison whose ability is unmatched to make this legendary coach of MU did not hesitate to praise him.
Not only Fergie who expressed it, but the former United defender had also revealed that Ravel Morison was an extraordinary player. “He is the most talented young player I have ever seen,” Rio Ferdinand said at the time.
Besides, Jese Lingard himself said that if Ravel Morrison was the most prominent player among the other players, he said Morrison was even greater than Paul Pogba.
“I played with Morrison from the age of 8 or 9 years. He is the best natural talent, a player who can do anything. If he wants to score, he will score,” Lingard said.
“At the age of 18, no one can tackle him. He was able to show skills that no other player could do at his age. In the Youth Cup, the rating is always 8 out of 10, and there is no single player who can pass him, even approaching him. At that time everyone will say ‘Oh, he will be a top player’, “continued Lingard again.
Then who exactly is Ravel Morrison who used to be often mentioned as a talented player yet now is nowhere to be heard.
Ravel Ryan Morrison is a Wythenshawe-born player, an area only about 8 kilometers from Old Trafford Stadium. He was born on February 2, 1993, at the same time with Paul Pogba.
Morrison is a true Manchurian. The player who plays as a midfielder began his career at the Manchester United Academy.
Unlike several other academy players, Morrison is a scholarship holder. His status was not “applying” to the academy, but was recruited directly by Manchester United’s talent guide, Phil Brogan in 2009.
Morrison lives with his grandparents in Denton, east Manchester. His mother, Sharon Ryan, lives elsewhere taking care of Morrison’s younger siblings, Rio and Zeon.
Since childhood, Morrison did not like the conditions when he was under the supervision of his grandmother. Because of that, the red devil Defender, Rio Ferdinand, and Gary Neville offered to become his “nanny”.
However, despite his impressive ability in football,Morrison was known as a temperamental person. At Manchester United, he often made trouble with his coach, lacked discipline and liked to go around on his own.
Together with Manchester United’s first team, he never once got a minute to play. Sir Alex Ferguson was not even able to guide him at the time. For that matter, Morrison was released to West Ham in January 2012 in the hope that he could focus on maximizing his abilities.
Together with West Ham, Morrison made his debut on 17 March 2012 against Leeds United in the Championship Division. He only played half of the season for the Hammers. Because at the start of the 2012/13 season, he was loaned out to Birmingham City. After that, he was successively loaned back to QPR and Cardiff City.
In January 2015, luck had fallen to Morrison. He signed a contract with the Italian club, Lazio. With Lazio, Morrison made his debut in a 14-0 win against CS Auronzo on July 12, 2015, where he scored two goals and provided two assists.
After that, Morrison did not produce a positive impact compared to his old teammate, Pogba, when he presented the best game in the country of Pizza with Juventus.
Morrison rarely appeared until the 2015/16 season, coach Stefano Pioli criticized his performance and inability to speak Italian.
On 31 January 2017, Morrison returned to Queens Park Rangers on loan until the end of the 2016/17 season. He only made appearances with QPR at all events.
In the 2017/18 season, he was loaned out to Atlas and returned to Lazio in July 2018, but rarely got a chance to play until in early 2019 he signed with Ostersund for six months. In June 2019, the Morrison contract was not renewed. He finally anchored to Sheffield United for the 2019/20 season.
For some of these incidents, it can be said that Ravel Morison’s career has dropped deeply. In the same period, his teammate while in the United youth team, Paul Pogba, was transformed into a formidable midfielder, even being the most expensive player in the world when brought by Manchester United from Juventus.
So that’s the story of a failed Wonderkid’s who is claimed to be better than Paul Pogba.
But according to some, Ravel Morrison was the most prominent compared to Lingard and Pogba.