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Wayne Rooney sends message to Ravel Morrison ahead of Man Utd reunion

Wayne Rooney has handed his former Man Utd teammate Ravel Morrison a trial at Derby County
Wayne Rooney has handed his former Man Utd teammate Ravel Morrison a trial at Derby County (Picture: Getty)

Wayne Rooney revealed he has been blown away by Ravel Morrison’s performances in training for Derby County following the decision to hand his former Manchester United teammate a trial at Pride Park.

The 28-year-old’s nomadic career as taken in spells at the likes of Ostersund and ADO Den Haag in recent years, but he has never come close to fulfilling the abundant potential that marked him out as a potential superstar during his time at Old Trafford.

Rooney is the latest manager to hand Morrison the opportunity to salvage his career with the talented midfielder afforded a start at Pride Park on Sunday with Derby playing host to his old club.

Ravel Morrison took the opportunity to catch-up with his former Man Utd teammate Jesse Lingard
Ravel Morrison took the opportunity to catch-up with his former Man Utd teammate Jesse Lingard (Picture: Getty)

The Rams are currently unable to sign players with a transfer embargo in place, but Rooney is hopeful of a swift resolution that would allow him to secure the services of Morrison on a longer-term basis.

Speaking ahead of kick-off, Rooney told MUTV: ‘He has, he’s been with us the last week Ravel and it’s the same… some of the things he’s doing is incredible so that’s on me to manage him right.

‘There are six players in who at the moment I can’t sign so the quicker I’m able to do that the better it’d made my job easier.’

Morrison is also well known to current United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who revealed he hasn’t seen the talented midfielder since he was plying his trade in Sweden.

Solskjaer said: ‘I knew Rav in the reserves and what a talent. Top, top player and it’ll be great to see him.

‘Last time I saw him play football was for Östersund when I was at Molde. So he’s had a career of ups and downs but he’s always had the talent.’

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