Ferdinand: Sir Alex said Morrison was best youngster he’d ever seen

Rio Ferdinand reveals Sir Alex Ferguson claimed Ravel Morrison was the best 14-year-old that he had ever seen

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Rio Ferdinand signed a new Man United contract back in May Photo: Football.ua/Wikimedia

Rio Ferdinand has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson said Ravel Morrison was the best 14-year-old that the Manchester United legend had ever seen.

The West Ham United midfielder, who joined the Hammers from the Red Devils in January 2012, starred in England Under-21’s 3-0 victory over Finland on Thursday night.

Morrison, who has scored three Premier League goals this season, was allowed to leave Old Trafford after Ferguson failed to tame the midfielder following a series of off-field issues.

But United defender Ferdinand talked up his former team-mate’s talent.

“I would pay to watch him train let alone play in a match,” said Ferdinand.

“Ever since the first day I saw him, my old boss (Sir Alex Ferguson) said ‘have a look at this boy’. He was taking the mick out of everyone on the pitch when he was about 14.

“The manager thought he was the best player he had seen at that age.

“He trained with the first team at about 16 and Darren Fletcher said to me ‘he runs with the ball, he just runs with it and he’s almost looking at me while he’s running with the ball, and waiting for me to make a move and then he reacts’.

“The top players can do that, they react to a defender’s movements.”

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