Derby County were in pre-season action this afternoon against an English giant in the form of Manchester United, with Wayne Rooney getting the chance to manage against his former club for the first time ever.
It wasn’t a usual United team with the majority of their players coming off the back of international duty, but the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Mason Greenwood, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard were all on the pitch for the Red Devils against a Derby team which looked very depleted.
The Rams lost the likes of Martyn Waghorn and Jack Marriott this summer and operating under a transfer embargo, County have had to take a number of trialists on to fill their squad out ahead of their friendlies.
One of those is the mercurial talent that is Ravel Morrison, once a Manchester United player who had the world at his feet but he’s had a number of clubs since departing Old Trafford without doing much.
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Rooney is hoping to bring whatever remaining talent out of Morrison that he has left and he was given 60 minutes against his former side today – and Derby fans seem impressed with what they saw.
There are calls to offer the 28-year-old a contract on the back of his first run-out in the white shirt of the Rams – take a look at their reactions.
I’ve seen enough, I’m having Ravel Morrison all day long. Wants the ball and instinctively looks forward. #DCFC
— David ‘Rutger’ Walton (@ramsfan0285) July 18, 2021
— Ryan Lees (@Leesy0591) July 18, 2021
ravel morrison is looking good yknow 👀 #dcfc
— 𝙅 (@b0ringgi3lby) July 18, 2021
Ravel Morrison the standout trialist for me. His vision to find a pass unreal. Others been steady and had good moments, but Ravel the one that is exciting me. Working hard off the ball. Hopefully a sign of what is to come. #dcfc
— Andy (@sim__and) July 18, 2021
This aluko geezer looks decent 👀 ravel as a good eye for a pass them 2 impressing me so far #dcfc
— Mitch🐏⚫⚪ (@mitchtheram7) July 18, 2021
From the sounds of things, Ravel Morrison is worth a punt. Could provide #dcfc with the creativity we’ve been seriously lacking
— Alex Fisher (@alexrdfisher) July 18, 2021
Ravel please ✍🏼#dcfcfans
— Hedley Hardcastle (@hedshardcastle) July 18, 2021
— sb (@sbro161) July 18, 2021
Good to see Rams fans appreciating Morrison after that first 45 minutes. #dcfc
— Lewis (@lewis_everett11) July 18, 2021