Morrison’s a hammer (blow?)

If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. If ever there was a quote that sums up United’s policy in the January transfer window, this must be it.

Morrison’s a hammer (blow?)

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Andy

February 3rd, 2012

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If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. If ever there was a quote that sums up United’s policy in the January transfer window, this must be it.

With the exception of the signing of young Swiss defender Frederic Veseli and the departure of Ravel Morrison to the “winning environment” that is West Ham United – at least according to golf enthusiast Phil Brown – United were nothing more than onlookers during the last 31 days.

Fergie is, and always has been, famous for not signing players in January – Cole, Evra and Vidic the notable exceptions – and this year was never going to be different, but it was Morrison’s decision to leave that attracted interest.

Never has a player who’s virtually never appeared for the first team – bar a couple of Carling Cup cameos – sparked such a reaction after leaving United.

The Manchester-born lad is extremely talented, no questions about it. He’s shown it during his time with the Academy, prompting coaches and teammates to describe him as “one for the future”.

Unfortunately, for a guy who’s still only 18, his off-field antics are as well documented as his on-field performances and they probably played a part in Fergie’s decision to let Morrison go.

United have been under pressure to keep two of their most promising players, in Pogba and Morrison and Sir Alex accused the players’ agents of working behind the scenes to unsettle the youngsters.

Two weeks ago, after United had refused an offer from Newcastle, Ferguson claimed that: “His agent has been working hard to get him another club, we’ve offered him terms which he has refused, so that is where it is. His demands are unrealistic as far as we are concerned.”

With Paul Pogba impressing after coming on against Stoke, Ferguson might as well have decided to concentrate his efforts – economical and human – to keep the less turbulent of the two youngsters.

The United manager has seen a few youngsters over the last 25 years, and if he’s let one go – as talented as Morrison might be – is for good reason.

Morrison is far more likely to be the one regretting the choice of leaving Manchester.

Words by Daniele (@MUFC_dan87)

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