Wayne Rooney "smashed Ravel Morrison’s phone up" because he was a reserve

Wayne Rooney has admitted smashing Ravel Morrison's phone up because he was a reserve team player at Man Utd.

Morrison was regarded as one of the brightest talents coming through United's ranks while Rooney was topping the scoring charts for the senior side.

And the former United captain concedes it was problems off the field which stopped Morrison making a bigger name for himself at Old Trafford.

Rooney told the Man Utd podcast : "I think with the younger players obviously it’s been well documented with Ravel Morrison.

"He was brilliant in training but he had a few issues and it halted his career. We all thought he’d be top level."

Sir Alex Ferguson thought Morrison was "the best player he'd seen at a young age" but struggled to get through to him how a professional footballer should conduct himself.

Even some of the United stars such as Gary Neville tried to do what they could to help Morrison maximise his potential.

Though Rooney also revealed his harsh reaction to Morrison nicking his phone charger.

"Everyone could see those issues would be there and quite a few people tried to [intervene]," Rooney continued. "I spoke to him and smashed his phone up at one point.

"He came into the first-team dressing room when he was in the reserves and my phone was in charge so he took it off and put his on.

"It was one of the old BlackBerry phones and it had your email address on the front so I thought it was one of the other lads.

"When I saw it was one of the reserve players at the time I just smashed his phone up.

"Gary Neville was trying to get him to live with him so people were trying different things."

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