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Ravel Morrison reveals he nicked and sold Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand’s boots to help feed his family


Ravel Morrison stole and sold the Manchester United legend’s boots (Picture: Getty)

Former Manchester United academy star Ravel Morrison has revealed he stole and sold Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand’s boots to help feed his family.

Morrison was regarded as one of United’s most exciting academy players, with Sir Alex Ferguson allegedly rating him as the best teenager he had ever seen.

But Morrison only made three appearances for the Red Devils before being released in 2012. He subsequently joined West Ham but was sold by the Hammers three years later.

Morrison – now 28 – has been at 11 clubs in the nine years since he left Old Trafford and was released by Dutch club ADO Den Haag last month.

The midfielder’s troubled upbringing may explain why he failed to make it at Manchester United and Morrison has revealed he was once thrown out of the Old Trafford dressing room for stealing other player’s boots.

Former Red Devils captain Ferdinand believed Morrison was simply taking the boots to impress his friends but he has now revealed he would sell them.

In a conversation on the FIVE YouTube channel, Morrison said to Ferdinand: ‘Remember I got kicked out of the changing room for thieving your boots?’

Morrison was expected to become a Manchester United star (Picture: Getty)

Ferdinand responded: ‘Tell me if I’m wrong but you were taking our boots down to Goals to show your mates….’

Morrison then said: ‘Obviously I was on scholar’s wage, I was young.

‘You used to get like £250 for a pair of boots. You take two pairs of boots, you get £500 and 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 harm but when I saw 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, it wouldn’t be a big problem.’

Speaking recently, Manchester United record goalscorer Rooney insisted Morrison should have reached the ‘top level’.

Rooney said: ‘He was brilliant in training but he had a few issues and it halted his career.

‘We all thought he’d be top level. Everyone could see those issues would be there and quite a few people tried to [intervene].’

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