English Premiership

Morrison reveals regret after Rooney's wasted potential comments

Ravel Morrison.(Getty Images)
Ravel Morrison.(Getty Images)

Former Manchester United academy graduate Ravel Morrison has admitted regret at not fulfilling his potential after Wayne Rooney labelled him as miles ahead of Paul Pogba at youth level.

Writing in a column for the Times, Rooney said Morrison was far more talented as a youth player than first team regulars Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard.

The Sheffield United midfielder admitted that he was upset by Rooney's comments and held regret over how his career has gone so far.

"Obviously they're amazing comments," Morrison told talkSPORT.

"Especially from the player he is; he's probably one of the best ever to come out of England, if not the best.

"But it makes you a bit upset as well, because I could have gone a bit further, I should have gone a bit further and I'm still hoping to go further.

"I knew I had ability, but I didn't realise and understand these players' thoughts at the time.

"If I could sit down and go back through my life there'd be a lot of things I would change.

"It was an everyday thing for me when I was young, growing up at United, it was a nice environment to go into everyday with world-class players, it was enjoyable.

"And I know it's poor, but because I was there from the under-9s I would skip training some days. I would wake up and I would just skip it, I don't know why.

"It’s hard to get me off the training field now, so if I took my life back to those days I think it would have been a lot better.

"I did lack in a few things and I've made mistakes.

"There were some things in my life when I was young that I now definitely would not do, I'd have gone down a different path."

- Compiled by Baden Gillion

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