Man Utd fear Mason Greenwood could throw career away like Ravel Morrison

Manchester United fear Mason Greenwood could throw his career away like super-talent Ravel Morrison.

Manchester United officials are desperate for Greenwood to avoid the type of downward spiral that cost Morrison his Old Trafford career.

And that’s why after several key meetings, Solskjaer and his staff have devised a strategy to get the teenager back on track.

Having watched gifted Morrison – now 27 and playing with Den Haag in Holland – fail to fulfil potential that could have made him a world-beater, there is a genuine belief that Greenwood could fritter his career away.

Solskjaer, United’s coaches and even former boss Sir Alex Ferguson believe Greenwood could have the world at his feet with a natural goal-scoring ability that makes him exceptional – even up against fellow strike partners Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

But even before Greenwood was caught smuggling girls into England’s team hotel and breaking their bio-bubble with fellow Manchester City youngster Phil Foden before the game in Iceland in September, concerns were growing that the United star wasn’t putting all his energies into his football career.

Stories emerged of being late for training on occasions – denied by Solskjaer – and there is concern that late nights mean he isn’t getting the required rest and sleep needed to perform at the highest level.

Mystery also surrounded his absence from the squad at Goodison Park before the latest international break as United won 3-1 against Everton.

Solskjaer claimed the teenager had an illness.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed out on Jadon Sancho in the summer, but he still made some big moves in the transfer market with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani all arriving.

But their start to the season has been a mixed bag, with a home defeat to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 thrashing by Spurs at one end of the scale, and a tremendous 2-1 win over PSG in Paris at the other.

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But explaining why Greenwood had not been included in the England Under-21 squad for games against Andorra and Albania manager Aidy Boothroyd made no mention of that.

He said: “It was felt from Man United that the best course of action was to sit out this one.

“He has had a lot of niggling injuries and a lot of things going on in his life.”

There’s still huge disappointment within United that Morrison’s immense talent was lost.

Morrison has had ELEVEN clubs in the eight years since leaving Old Trafford including West Ham, Lazio, QPR, Middlesbrough as well as spells in Mexico and Sweden.

But speaking recently Gary Neville claimed the issues which blighted Morrison’s career were far more challenging.

“When Ravel was 13 I remember categorically Sir Alex Ferguson saying this was the biggest talent he’d seen at the club since Ryan Giggs and that was an enormous statement from someone like him.

“He was special, really special. But I don’t think it was down to his attitude or lack of work rate to be honest.

“Ravel had some significant complexities and challenges in his life that any of us would have found difficult to deal with.

“And ultimately I think they have obviously meant that he’s not quite achieved what he should have.

“But what I would hope is that Ravel can have a stable life and a stable football career and off the back of it obviously have something he can focus on.”

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