Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has posted an emotional message to Ravel Morrison after his fellow Old Trafford graduate shared several eye-catching revelations about his football career.
Morrison, who remains a free agent after bringing his short spell at Dutch Eredivisie side Den Haag to a premature end last month, was the latest guest on Rio Ferdinand’s Vibe with Five podcast.
During an in-depth and eye-catching interview with another former United player, the 28-year-old Morrison spoke about his departure from West Ham, while also revealing that he ‘would change 90 per cent of his life’ if he had the capacity to turn back time.
Rashford, though, has urged Morrison to look towards the future, courtesy of an emotional social media post.
Taking to Twitter, Rashford – who added a red love heart emoji – said: “Nobody in their 20s has failed at life, still so many more chapters to live @morrisonravel. Keep your head held high.”
Having progressed through the famous Old Trafford ranks, Morrison was handed his debut by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2011 – although he never went on to make a Premier League appearance for the club.
The morning after that outing against Aldershot, the then-18-year-old entered the legendary manager’s office and made a touching gesture that left Sir Alex ‘gobsmacked’ – as Ferdinand explains.
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He said: “When I knew you were coming on here Ravel, I asked for five words from Fergie – Sir Alex Ferguson.
“He text me back this: ‘Rio, my first and last impression of Ravel as a young lad was that he has always got time and space, always available to be on the ball, so unusual for a young lad of his age. Give my regards to him please.
“Another thing about Ravel which I’ve always treasured, because no other young player who made their debut did this.
“After the first game in the first team that he played, the next morning he came into my office and gave me a letter, thanking me for giving him his debut. I was gobsmacked Rio. The boy had a good heart, he was just beaten by his background’.”