Rooney issues Morrison defence after “nobody wants him” Simon Jordan rant

Wayne Rooney has launched a strong defence of Ravel Morrison who he claims is “misunderstood” in the wake of brutal criticism Simon Jordan aimed at him and the Derby new boy.

The former Manchester United youngster was released by Dutch side ADO Den Haag in January.

It left him looking for another club and the Rams have now handed him a lifeline.

Morrison’s journeyman career has drawn criticism with Jordan saying on TalkSport: “I don’t think the penny has dropped. If it hasn’t dropped at 28, or 26, it’s never going to drop.”

Despite that Rooney has been keen to defend his latest addition, who is looking to secure a permanent contract at Pride Park.

Ravel Morrison featured in Derby’s pre-season clash with Man Utd

Morrison played in Derby’s pre-season defeat to the Red Devils but his boss claims he has served to raise the standard at training.

“I think with Ravel, he’s very misunderstood,” Rooney told reporters after the game. “His ability is clear for everyone to see.

“Since he’s been with us, the standards in training have gone up. There are things he does on and off the ball that I can recognise immediately. That’s where he’s brought the levels up in training.

“He showed some nice touches on the pitch against United but we need to remember he hasn’t played for a very, very long time. So it was natural that physically he was going to tire.”

Wayne Rooney has defended the midfielder
Wayne Rooney has defended the midfielder

Jordan did claim during his Morrison rant that plenty of players are capable of performing on the training ground, but translating that onto the pitch is a different story.

He said: “He doesn’t stay anywhere and, the reason why he doesn’t stay anywhere, is because nobody wants him to stay there. So why is this going to be any different?

“I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but the world is full of incredibly talented footballers that can only leave it on the training ground.”

Jordan also took aim at Rooney, who needed a final day draw against Sheffield Wednesday to keep the Rams in the second tier.

On TalkSport he questioned the 35-year-old managerial credentials and claimed his status would only carry him for so long.

“The manager, to me, is clueless,” he said. “Every single player of stature can go into a dressing room and have influence if they take the managerial reigns for a period of time.

“When Rooney came in, because of the enigma and stuff that goes with him they get this bump.

“But 12 games before the end of the season, when you need a manager who knows what they are doing, you cannot buy a worse run than they went on under Rooney.”

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