RAVEL MORRISON proved today that he still has some of the magic that got him into Manchester United’s academy with a goal for his new club Ostersunds.
The midfielder, who was said by Sir Alex Ferguson to be the best player at age 14 he had ever seen, has moved to the Swedish side after an unsuccessful four years with Lazio.
Morrison volleys home into the top corner for his new side after a poor defensive clearance, having had the awareness to find himself some space in the box first.
The 26-year-old’s talent has never been in question, but attitude issues have led him to have a somewhat nomadic footballing life.
In four seasons at Upton Park he made just 24 appearances and had three loan spells away from the club, at Birmingham, QPR and Cardiff.
Then-Hammers boss Sam Allardyce would later call Morrison “the biggest waste of talent I ever worked with”.
The Mancunian secured an exciting move to Serie A in 2015, but before he had even kicked a ball for Lazio there were rumours that he was unsettled and wanted to come back to England.
He appeared just eight times for the Rome club, with coach Stefano Pioli saying of him: “I pick those who deserve to play, who train consistently, professionally and openly.”
Morrison has had numerous off-the-field problems to deal with, including convictions for witness intimidation and criminal damage, and was once fined by the FA for homophobic comments on Twitter.
Despite this, most of the comments under the Reddit post featuring the video of his goal for Ostersunds offer some encouragement to the player.
Leeds fan Dirgetka writes: “I hope he actually gets a foothold and tries at Östersunds.
“Far too late in his career to turn him into the player that he could’ve been, but it’d be nice to know that the Ravel story ends with him finally putting in some effort and getting rewarded with modest success.”