Sheffield United defender Enda Stevens has spoke of his admiration for former Blades midfielder, Ravel Morrison, ahead of today’s clash with Derby County.
The Blades host the Rams for the second time this season this afternoon following their 2-1 Carabao Cup win last month. Derby enter the game in the midst of dire off the field issues. However, Slavisa Jokanovic has warned his players to expect a tough game.
Wayne Rooney’s men could include a number of former Blades players in the squad. As well as Phil Jagielka, the Rams could also include former Manchester United and Blades midfielder, Ravel Morrison.
Morrison – who we all know was singled out by Sir Alex Ferguson many moons ago – endured a frustrating spell at Bramall Lane under Chris Wilder.
But rather than looking at Morrison’s faults, current United defender Stevens wanted to point out the midfielder’s qualities.
Stevens full of praise for Ravel Morrison
Chris Wilder had previously spoken of the talent Morrison had, telling Rio Ferdinand of his opinion on the former Man United star.
“I said Chris, tell me five words that describe Ravel Morrison. He texted me back with ‘Rav – unpredictable, maverick, humble, a natural, and frustrating’,” Ferdinand said on his podcast last year.
And Stevens, who will hope to start today against Derby, believes the midfielder is misunderstood.
“The key word is perception. People don’t know him. If you know him you see him for what he is. He’s a player who has every attribute. He’s got a real footballing brain and he does things on the training pitch where you just stand back and say ‘wow'”, Stevens told Yorkshire Live.
“He just has that wow factor. At Man United there was a lot built up on him and he maybe didn’t exceed what people’s expectations were, but he’s a great lad and all the lads who have played with him do not have a bad word to say about him.”
Morrison has also fired back at his critics before, too. The Jamaican international telling onlookers not to judge him back in 2020.
A return to Bramall Lane would give him the perfect excuse to turn it on against his former team. Stevens, as well as the rest of the United squad, will be hoping that Ravel Morrison has one of his quieter days for Derby today.