Contrary to recent rumours, youth player and supreme talent, Ravel Morrison has not been suspended by Manchester United. Continue reading for more information and other news from the Reserves and Academy.
Read a player profile on Ravel Morrison.
Recent rumours surrounding Ravel Morrison suggested that he had been suspended (again) by the club following ongoing breaches of discipline, bullying and gang culture. Morrison is one of the biggest talents at the club and is technically gifted. However his commitment to wanting to be a professional footballer has often been brought into question due to his upbringing and the lifestyle he leads.
“checked out Morrison rumours, seems to be just that, ie rumour, not suspended, though a sense of ‘always something going on'”
Whilst this is good news as it was feared the club were losing patience with Morrison, it doesn’t explain his recent absence from the last Academy and Reserve matches, despite no reports of an injury. I recently profiled Morrison for the site, you can read that here. Hopefully Ravel will be back in the side soon – this could be with the Academy in the FA Youth Cup on Monday the 6th December against Portsmouth, weather permitting. There was also due to be a Reserve match on Monday in the Lancashire Senior Cup in the quarter finals against Oldham – that has just been called off and is yet to be rearranged.
Etzaz Hussain, another 17 year old talent in the Academy has reportedly left the club. Hussain, who turned professional last January is very highly regarded and has played for the Reserves. Unconfirmed reports suggest Hussain is unhappy with the number of opportunities he’s had this year despite playing most of the early season fixtures and being so young. Norwegian journalist Vegard Vaagbo, confirmed on Twitter that Hussain is currently back home in Norway and is training with Stabæk who recently finished 12th in the Norwegian Premier League. There is nothing to suggest Hussain’s contract with United has been terminated though – his profile remains on the official club site. If he has left it underlines the current trends in modern football where young players expect so much so soon, hard work and patience is the proven recipe for success.
With the Academy not having a match last weekend and the Reserves game on Monday cancelled due to a frozen pitch it meant there was a chance for players to be involved against West Ham in the Carling Cup last night. Fabio and Bebe both started for United in the heavy 4-0 defeat. Ben Amos was the substitute goalkeeper and Magnus Ekirem again made the bench but failed to come on.
There are currently lots of Reds Reserve players out on loan, here’s how they got on last weekend – Tom Cleverley scored his first Premier League goal for Wigan in a 3-1 defeat at West Ham. Danny Welbeck scored his 4th in 3 games for Sunderland as they lost 3-2 at Wolves (former United player Sylvan Ebanks-Blake getting the winner for Wolves). Mame Diouf was unavailable for Blackburn against Man United.
Moving into the Championship – Danny Drinkwater continued his comeback from injury with an impressive performance for Cardiff in their 2-1 loss at QPR, he was subbed after an hour with the score at 1-1. Three United players are on loan at Preston but only Ritchie De Laet played, helping to keep a clean sheet against Millwall in a 0-0 draw – Matty James and Joshua King were not selected.
The other two players involved at the weekend were playing in the FA Cup. Nicky Ajose couldn’t prevent high flying Bury from losing 2-1 at home to Peterborough. James Chester had better luck though – he scored a dramatic late winner to help Carlisle come from behind to beat Tamworth 3-2. Chester had been pushed forward into midfield as Carlisle tried to get a late winner. Chester was back in action again on Tuesday as Carlisle beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 to reach the area final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Chester is reportedly ready to quit Man United and wants to move permanently to Carlisle.
There is no Academy game this weekend due to the FA Youth Cup tie on Monday. I will be unable to watch the game on Monday, so do follow either ManUnitedYouth, manutdreserves or one of the MUTV guys for regular updates instead, providing the match does go ahead.
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