Oh, Ravel

Ravel Morrison

The great white hope is dead; long live the next over-hyped Manchester United youngster. At least that’s the prevailing message today, as revisionism kicks in among the United fan base. Indeed, Ravel Morrison’s move to West Ham United has ended one of the most enduring dramas at the club. While the transfer also comes as […]

Scholes’ return points to end for young Reds

The news of Paul Scholes’ return to Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad shortly before the FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester City seemingly provoked a wave of optimism among Manchester United fans, with polls across the web supporting the Salford-born midfielder’s re-integration. Manager, players, pundits and former Reds were all universally upbeat about the 36-year-old’s […]

Poll: should Ravel Morrison be thrust into the first team?

Ravel Morrison’s promising half against Crystal Palace this week, combined with a dearth of attacking creative central midfield talent, had tongues wagging at Old Trafford. Could the callow youth, known for his gliding style, quick feet and smart finish, add something to Sir Alex Ferguson’s first team squad? Morrison, who has been in trouble with […]

The kids are… on the bench

Paul Pogba

When Sir Alex Ferguson transplanted the ‘class of 92′ from the FA Youth Cup to a third round League Cup tie against Port Vale in 1994 the Scot pioneered the concept of blooding youngsters in the competition. Ferguson was subject to severe criticism for the move, accused, effectively, of devaluing the tournament. Today, few leading […]

Time to take a chance

Ravel Morrison, Paul Pogba

In the past few weeks, despite Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s assertions to the contrary, it has become obvious that the club simply does not posses a central midfield pairing worth talking about. Despite the early pace set by youngsters Tom Cleverley and Anderson, United has few central midfield options that can challenge domestic […]

The Ravelation: Morrison shines light as United’s dawn beckons

Ravel Morrison

It is a year to the day since Ravel Morrison last pulled on a Manchester United first team shirt. Then Morrison impressed only fleetingly in a Carling Cup cameo appearance against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford. The talent is undimmed in the past 12 months, even if question marks hanging over the teenager’s career have […]

Fergie lauds teen Pogba as Reds future but what of the present?

Paul Pogba, Manchester United

Manchester United’s failure to land a central midfielder this summer is with scepticism in many quarters, with the club’s inability to meet the wage demands of Wesley Sneijder and Samir Nasri pointing many critics towards a charge of Glazernomics. Yet, while United’s poor record the road last season was almost entirely down to a paucity of options in […]