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Conspiracy to make Ravel Morrison a World Cup star

Posted by hakanrylander on November 13, 2009

I’m beginning to think there is more to Telegraph’s recent articles about our 16-year-old academy player Ravel Morrison than meets the eye. In fact, I think they might be part of a long-term scheme to make him a star for United and England.

Morrison is a tremendous talent. Telegraph’s football correspondent Henry Winter rates his potential as better than Jack Wilshere of Arsenal and up with Jack Rodwell of Everton. Two players who are generally acknowledged as perhaps the two hottest teenage prospects in England.

But Ravel also has an attitude problem. He is rumoured to be difficult to handle and not to be overly commited to training. The official site manutd.com today published an article about 17-year-old midfielder Robbie Brady. Brady is asked who is the worst trainer at United and his answer is: “I’ll say Ravel Morrison. When he’s on his game he’s quality. But I reckon it’s just when he fancies it!”

So Alex Ferguson has on his hands a superbly talented youngster who is not motivated enough to put in the hard work necessary to reach the pinnacles of the sport. I suppose that all coaches at United are aware of this and that everything possible is done to strengthen Morrison’s motivation. But someone might have felt that it could be further lifted by the support from a very respected football writer. This would have the added advantage that it would raise the awareness among people around Morrison that he is “a potential gem for 2014”. I therefore believe that someone (SAF?) has had a word with Henry Winter.

This fits with my assumption that Henry Winter can hardly have found out about Morrison’s quality by stalking football grounds in the Manchester suburbs. I would be surprised if Winter himself has seen a single one of our youth team games during the last twelve months. In his position I can’t see how he could find the time to.

All in all, a nice plot if it works. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

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2 Responses to “Conspiracy to make Ravel Morrison a World Cup star”

  1. Scott said

    There does seem to be a lot of hype about Morrison at the moment, but Winter does seem a journo who is actually genuinely interested in our youth academy.

  2. hakanrylander said

    I might have underestimated Winter’s insight into our Academy. Even so I suspect that the Morrison-articles (which are mainly in defence of Ferguson against criticism from the FA, referees and others) reflect that Winter is building/has built a special relationship with SAF of the kind that Hugh McIlvenney of The Sunday Times previously had. This includes special access to Ferguson’s views but also occasional favours to Ferguson such as, possibly, in the Morrison case.

    But it is of course also perfectly possible that my theory is a bit far-fetched, and that Ferguson in fact wants no publicity at all about Morrison.

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