“Obviously I was on a scholar’s wage, I was young" said the 28-year-old.
admitted that he had to steal
's boots to afford food for his family.
The teenager that was said to be the best teenager that
Sir Alex Ferguson
had ever seen, was drowned in the financial problems as a young player.
Morrison talked about his off-the-pitch problems and said:
“Obviously I was on a scholar’s wage, I was young."
He told Ferdinand:
“You used to get like £250 for a pair of boots. You take two pairs of boots, you get £500 and you go home and buy your family a Chinese or something.
“You guys used to get like 30 pairs of boots. I didn’t mean it to cause so much harm but when I used to see yours or [Wayne] Rooney’s deliveries, you’d get 20-30 pairs at a time, I was thinking one pair to put some food on the table at home, I didn’t think it would be a big problem but obviously now I know.”
Ferguson said his impression about the 28-year-old and said:
“My first and lasting impression of Ravel as a young lad is that he always had time and space, always available to be on the ball, so unusual for a young lad of his age.
"Another thing about Ravel that I will always treasure, because no other young player ever did it, after the first game for the first team that he played, the next morning he came to my office and gave me a letter thanking me for giving him his debut. I was gobsmacked. The boy had a good heart, he was just beaten by his background.”
He began his career withManchester United
, made his first-team debut for the Red Devils in 2010 in the League Cup win over the Wolverhampton Wanderers. He then joinedWest Ham
in 2012, joined Birmingham City on a loan to gain experience as Sam Allardyce wanted.