Ravel Morrison and Wayne Rooney.

Morrison offers his side of Rooney's phone story

Tuesday 24 November 2020 13:34

The story about Wayne Rooney smashing Ravel Morrison's phone at the Aon Training Complex, revealed during the former Manchester United skipper's UTD Podcast episode, has taken a new twist.

Ex-Reds midfielder Morrison, who starred in the FA Youth Cup-winning team of 2011, has provided his version of events, which could implicate two of United's legendary defenders!

What we do know is Wayne was less than pleased his phone had been removed from its charger and he took it out on Ravel's Blackberry.

"It's been well documented about Ravel Morrison," Wayne told hosts Sam Homewood, Helen Evans and David May. "He was brilliant in training and then obviously had a few issues which halted his career. We all thought he was going to be top level. I think everyone could see those issues were going to be there and quite a few people tried to help.

“I spoke to him. I remember I smashed his phone up, actually, at one point. He came into the first-team dressing room when he was in the Reserves and my phone was on charge. He took it off and put his on. I remember it was one of the old Blackberries which has the email on the front.

“I thought it was one of the other lads so, when I saw it was one of the Reserves, I just smashed the phone up! I think Gary Neville was trying to get him to go and live with him as well, and there were different things people were trying. He's the one player from the Academy [I rated highest]."

Morrison, who is now with Dutch side ADO Den Haag, blames Rio Ferdinand for the mix-up as he handed the phone to the centre-back when about to take to the field for the Under-18s at the Aon Training Complex. However, he also suspects Gary Neville may have had a role to play in winding Wayne up.

Morrison left the Reds to join West Ham United in January 2012, after making only three first-team appearances but he is still fondly remembered for helping propel the youth team to our last FA Youth Cup triumph, in 2011, when he was outstanding in wins over Liverpool, Chelsea and, in the final, Harry Maguire's Sheffield United.

Last week was a special one for the much-travelled 27-year-old as he made his international debut for Jamaica, becoming the latest Reds Academy graduate to appear at that level.

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