Ferdinand: 'Sir Alex said he's best young player he'd seen' - who?

Ravel Morrison low quality

Ravel Morrison has received high praise from all corners but does his temperament hold him back in terms of a national call up?

In the words of former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, Ravel Morrison is the ‘best young talent he has ever seen’ according to Rio Ferdinand.

This is high praise indeed not only because of Ferguson’s standing within the game or because of the production line of talent that he reeled off during his glittering reign at Old Trafford but because the last time he said that was to Bobby Charlton in 1991 as the pair watched a young Ryan Giggs dance around the senior team at the clubs Carrington training base.

Despite this and a move away from Manchester to play for West Ham, Ferdinand believes that Morrison must adopt his attitude to the game if he is to earn senior caps for England.

Morrison has played an important part in the Under-21 set up and continues to show amazing technical skill, speed and balance but on-field fights with Wilfred Zaha and other incidents mean that he may not yet be mentally strong enough to step up into Roy Hodgson’s side.

Commenting for BT Sport on last night’s impressive performance by the Under-21’s Ferdinand said: 'Our old boss, [Ferguson] took me to one side and said watch this young lad, number seven, he was about fourteen at the time and Sir Alex said he was the best kid he’d ever seen. He went on to train with us seniors and I remember Darren Fletcher telling me that every time he got the ball, Morrison just lured him in and went past him with ease, he’s a quality player.

'I would pay to watch him train, let alone play in a match.'

Ferdinand who has been a stalwart for both Manchester United and England over the years went on to add: 'Is he ready to play for the senior team, as a player yes, but you have to have it all and you have to have the discipline and mental game so it’s important he learns this in the under 21’s.

'He's doing a fantastic job of trying to grow and mature into a top-level player. It's been well documented his issues off the pitch. But he has improved dramatically over the past year.

'He's showing the brilliance which you knew he had. He can play one-touch stuff as good as anyone I have seen. He can terrorise defenders.'

England fans, what do you think, is Ravel Morrison ready for the senior team?

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