Ravel Morrison’s appearance for United against Palace seems to have fired up the national media, who’ve revelled in reminding us of his previous problems and questioned his Old Trafford future.
Mirror football published the following article yesterday:
The 18-year-old forward is regarded as the most accomplished prospect of his generation to come out of their fabled academy.
But Morrison’s contract expires next summer and United have yet to begin talks about a new deal.
He made only his second senior appearance in midweek as a second-half sub in United’s Carling Cup defeat by Crystal Palace.
But Morrison’s progress has been hampered by off-field problems.
He escaped a custodial sentence after pleading guilty to witness intimidation and further riled United chiefs when he admitted criminal damage.
Sir Alex Ferguson has stood by him and Morrison is said to be so focused on knuckling down, he would readily sign a contract with the aim of becoming a first-team regular.
The Sun published something similarly negative before the Crystal Palace clash which noted:
As the midfielder prepares to make his first senior start against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in the Carling Cup, it all sounds too good to be true.
And, sadly. it is, for Morrison has a side that has seen him on the wrong side of the law and threatens his future.
The 18-year-old from Wythenshawe in Manchester has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Before going on to list Morrison’s misdemeanors and adding:
He is described on United’s website as a R20;supremely gifted talent.” Yet the club have still delayed signing Morrison on a new contract beyond the end of this season.
Meanwhile last week Matt Dickinson in the Times online wrote an article which began:
Ravel Morrison is regarded as the best since Ryan Giggs, but the teenager could throw it all away if he does not learn.
It seems Dickinson has somehow managed to grab himself exclusive access to the thoughts of the United coaching staff.
Dickinson and Mirror football focus on Morrison’s contract supposedly running out in the Summer and him yet to be offered a new deal, they conclude this is surely down to a reluctance by Sir Alex Ferguson to commit to a player who’s had so many off field problems.
Whether Morrison’s contract does actually expire in the Summer, is itself open to debate, as some sources have claimed the United youngster is actually contracted until 2014.
There’s seems little doubt that even if Morrison is only contraced until the Summer, United will surely offer a new deal to a player they’ve stuck with through enough misdemeanours to see most lesser skilled players jettisoned.
I have a sneaky feeling the Morrison articles may have been more concerned with reminding everyone of his past problems than raising genuine questions about his future, but perhaps that’s me being cynical with the ABU media.
It seems the national press revel in highlighting Morrison’s past problems and while I’m not condoning them, I feel it’s now surely time to move on and let the lad get on with playing football.