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Federico Macheda recalls ‘crazy’ former Man Utd teammate who should have been ‘the next big thing’

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By Steve Heldon

Former Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has lifted the lid on a former teammate he feels should have gone on to much bigger and better things.

Macheda was a key member of a gifted youth team at Old Trafford before he broke into the Red Devils’ first team and scored a memorable late winner against Aston Villa in 2009 at the age of just 17.

The Italian, who now plays in Turkey for Ankaragucu, was part of a United youth setup that also featured the likes of Paul Pogba and Danny Welbeck. But it was Ravel Morrison who took his breath away.

In an interview with Rio Ferdinand’s FIVE YouTube channel, Macheda was asked which player from his age group he expected to go on and have a successful career, to which he replied: “I would say Ravel Morrison. He was a great, crazy talent.

“This guy was crazy man. He would come up in the first team and start to dribble [past] everybody, and everybody was shocked.

“When you watched him play you expected him to be the next [big] thing, you know, because he had everything.

“The Man United team then was crazy players. So to come up to the first team and do the things he was doing was just crazy.”

Ferdinand himself then, added, reflecting on his own experiences with Morrison at United: “I told you guys. You don’t understand how good this kid was!

“He blew your mind. It is mad, everyone talks about [him] but it’s almost like you needed to be there to really see and understand what he was doing – and not only in the reserves.

“Sometimes if you’re coming back from injury or something like that you’d go and train with the reserves. But he would do even more stupid stuff with the reserves. He’d play centre-back sometimes in training!”

Macheda replied: “Yeah he would just go and get the ball everywhere and start to do crazy things.”

No doubts over Pogba, Welbeck

Despite Morrison clearly standing out, Macheda admitted that it was obvious that Pogba and Welbeck would go on and do well.

He added: “I could see the talent of a few of them, especially Paul and Danny. I love Danny Welbeck, I loved to watch him, the style he had for me was amazing.

“I was playing alongside him from the Under-18s and I could see he had something special. Also, others were very good, Robbie Brady, Danny Drinkwater.”

As for Morrison, after spells at West Ham, Lazio, Sheffield United and Derby, the midfielder has teamed up again with Wayne Rooney at DC United in MLS.

The 29-year-old is also a regular for Jamaica and has won 14 caps for the Reggae Boyz.

Manchester United are back in Premier League action on Sunday when they head to Manchester City.

A win for Erik ten Hag’s men will move them to within two points of City in the table.

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Source: Healthy Duck.