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Ravel Morrison looks set to leave Manchester United today. I repeat ‘Ravel Morrison looks set to leave Manchester United today’.

10 years ago Ravel Morrison was scouted to join Manchester United, from that moment on he had an opportunity to develop as a player and more importantly the chance to develop as a person, unfortunately for the club, he only developed as a player.

But what a player this kid developed into. 19 on Thursday, Morrison’s talent and ability has and will rarely come through any Club or Academy. Ravel has everything a player could ever need to succeed on the pitch. He has pace, power, acceleration to burn, tricks, vision and the goalscoring attributes to match any other Englishman that ever played the game at his age.

West Ham United are taking a chance off the field, but on it their purchase will undoubtedly shine and make many onlookers utter the words ‘what were Manchester United thinking……why didn’t my club buy this kid!?’. Little will they know of what Manchester United know.

We Manchester United fans also know his name and his potential, we’ve all been waiting impatiently for his overdue arrival on the big stage. But a mere 3 Carling Cup appearances is scant reward for years of development and nurturing. HOLD ON, I don’t mean scant reward for the player, not a bit of it, I mean scant reward for the club that have seemingly failed in their many efforts to straighten out this complex, troublesome young man despite their numerous attempts.

Had Morrison shown or developed the attitude that’s required at Manchester United, he would in my opinion be spoken about in the same breath as Duncan Edwards, Norman Whiteside and Ryan Giggs who all made their United debut at just 16. Instead he would choose to exasperate those around him for the following years and ruin his own chances of this happening or even ever being handed a first team start. In years to come he will have no one but himself to blame for being unable to pronounce that fact.

Just like that girlfriend you know you shouldn’t be with, the one you know is bad news, the one you know will one day let you down. The same girlfriend you know you can’t let go because seeing her with someone else will fill you full of regret. In the end, that girlfriend chooses her own path. Over the years she’s grown tired of you, she’s learned to despise you and treat you with contempt no matter how hard you tried to please her. She’s said and done things you hoped she didn’t mean, you kept telling yourself she’d grow up, your patience wore thin but you hoped one day she’d be the perfect girl for you and she’d give you everything you ever wished for….it was just a matter of time and perseverance.

But it was too late, the girl opted for the greener grass on the other side before she even knew where the other side was. Your efforts have been spat at one last time and the potential love of your life is now sleeping with the enemy. It was inevitable.

At Academy level, Ravel produced many moments of magic including that scissors kick at Anfield and applying the finishing touch to a 22 pass move that saw United take the lead at Old Trafford against then reigning Youth Cup champions Chelsea in last years youth cup semi-final. At Carrington he ran too many games single handedly to even mention. For the Reserves his obvious quality provided a fleeting glimpse of what we already knew, but by now he was so far out of favour the club were treating him with the contempt he’d treated them with for so many years previous.

Off field incidents, periods of absence and training ground shenanigans have ultimately done for a kid that for so many was the future of Manchester United. Yes there will be some sad faces amongst the fans to see such a prodigious talent walk away from the club and into the arms of another, but sadly and perhaps more tellingly, there’s sure to be a few within the club privately glad to see the back of him.

A sad end to a United career that should only just be getting started.

Good Luck West Ham….the past was ours but the future’s yours.

PS: NO there isn’t a 30 day money back guarantee!




  1. Moscow is my heaven

    January 31, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    He should be dead now to every United fan. I don’t care if he becomes the next Messi. I will not be envious of his next club, or the club after that. He now ceases to exist.

  2. SparkyHughes

    January 31, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Its hard to fathom that no-one could get through to him.

    Maybe this is me being nostalgic, but I do wonder what might have been if we still had Keane in the dressing room telling him some home truths with both barrels, rather than the softer approach that you get the impression the club took with him. I think it neede someone who could relate to him but be hard, cutting and honest at the same time.

    SAF has let him go because the situation has become untenable, but deep down fergie most be praying this kid doesnt turn it around and be the player we know he could become, and come back to haunt us with a rival club. That happening could undermine fergie in a way we havent seen happen before.

  3. Jay wire

    January 31, 2012 at 6:42 pm


    A bit harsh there. He’s young and probably very immature. Not everyone turns out to be a Ryan Giggs pro. Even Sir Ryan himself. Perhaps we were never meant to be a union but if Rooney can be allowed to be a general nuisance on and off the pitch, and costing a lot of money, at the very least we can’t just toss the boy like dirt. I’m not against selling him but more concerned with the demand to banish him altogether

    Btw Ian, I generally don’t bother with off field stuff so I’ve no idea what the kid’s issues are. Last time I read a headline about going to court or punchin someone. Any chance you could briefly chronicle his incidents?

    • Ian

      January 31, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      A bit like you mate, his off field issues don’t interest me.

      He’s the best player I’ve seen at that age so it just pisses me off that he can’t just behave, what he’s done etc doesn’t really matter to me.

    • RedDevilEddy

      January 31, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      @Jay wire: Let’s just say that if he was the lad who wanted to date your daughter, you’d show up at his door with a shotgun saying he’d be getting a hole through his crotch if he ever saw your dear Melissa again.

      Yo bro he’s a G, puffing up them smokes all day ‘n all nite hangin wid hiz bitchez picking up them STD’s like

  4. Adaye

    January 31, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Am sure it will be fergie and manu to regret. Morrison will be bought by another big club from westharm. Good luck morrison

  5. Opti

    January 31, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    It’s a shame he left, but Fergie stated that he had given Ravel a deal: “If you don’t miss a practice for 3 months, you will play for the first team.”

    That is all I need to know about Ravel.

    Good luck and don’t say that we didn’t warn you about leaving United… it’s only down from here.

  6. colver

    January 31, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Ultimately he needs a change of scenery. He was in a vicious circle at Old Trafford. He was acting up because he wasn’t getting games. But because he was acting up we didn’t play him.

    We could have played him in the hope that with first team chances he’d settle down. But that would set a bad precedent for all the youngsters who despite not having his talent put the hard work in and followed all the rules.

    He could well be a success at West Ham and go on to greater things. But it wouldn’t mean we’ve made a mistake.

    Guy needs to be a big fish in a small pond that will put up with his crap. West Ham sounds perfect for him

  7. JB

    February 1, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Ian – that girlfriend that kicked you in the teeth? Forget her man, let her go !

  8. knoxor

    February 1, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I think the kid needed a break from Manchester and the bad element he was hanging about with. I think Fergie has reluctantly let him go as it’s also in the kids interests. A new city may mean a new attitude. It wouldn’t surprise me if Utd have a first refusal on him if he moves from West Ham, or the very least, a % of the re-sale value he would command if he realises his potential.

  9. Moss

    February 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Once again Fergie shows what a great man he is. That’s why he sent the kid to London, as far away as possible from the mongs he hangs out with in Manchester, and to a manager who is an expert at taking on troublesomes like Morrisom.
    I heard Newcastle bid one million, but too close to home.

    • Ian

      February 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Lol, London is a much better place to send the kid, he can’t get mixed up in anything down there….

      Especially with all that money, I heard he got plans to put it all in a savings account.


      • Opti

        February 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm

        @Ian: Didn’t Rio get messed up with gangs while a youth at West Ham?????

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