Ravel My Analysis

2 Feb

A few people have asked me again on twitter to go through why I thought Ravel would leave and without a buy out clause.

Firstly I had been puzzled for a bit why there was no talk about Ravel and a United contract. While lots had been discussed about Pogba. Both are outstanding talents most I think would say Ravel in terms of ability was the better of the two. Fergie had blamed Pogba’s agent naturally as he didn’t want to blame the player, agents are a useful blaming tool. Now absolutely nothing had come out from Ravel or from United regarding the contract which was strange. Ravel had been at OT at least since he was 12 and everyone knew it wasn’t just media speculation or rumour that Ravel has major issues. Furthermore United have a proven record for looking after their young players but on a recent court case there was no United representative. I wasn’t sure if this was true, but if it was I thought it was staggering, this isn’t the Fergie way.

There was a report I think in the Mail stating Ravel hadn’t been as yet offered a new contract some regarded this as just media speculation to me it fitted.

Ravel hadn’t played much at the start of the season was it injuries or disciplinary problems? He started to play a bit more regular with the reserves and had looked superb  but yet again was not to be seen after the Palace game.

There was talk he wanted something like £30,000 a week and he was up for sale, Fergie didn’t contradict he was up for sale and it is the Fergie way to protect players by blaming other issues. It is a lot better for player and the club to say he has turned down a contract rather than he wasn’t seriously offered one because we had tried countless times to get him on the straight and narrow but we cannot do anything with him.

We know Fergie’s history regarding looking after young lads and developing them as men. Having to let a possible genius go must have been very very hard on him so to do so he must have tried everything.
Ravel not understanding the way Fergie works just told the truth on Twitter he wasn’t offered a contract by United. Fergie I presume must have been annoyed about this as he was only protecting the lad and club. Shortly after I think Ravel’s agent come out more in line with the club. A lot better publicity he wanted more money than he was being kicked out of Old Trafford due to being troublesome. I remember reading Fergie’s autobiography how he left Rangers and was told if he kept it quiet people in the game would see him right. And they did it has always been Fergie’s way to keep the truth if possible out of the media if it harms people or the club.

Now as I said in an earlier article the Liverpool manager Evans regarded Collymore as an overachiever as players who Have major problems are usually weeded out at youth level. Ability is one thing but at the top level dedication and mental toughness are just as important.

Fergie as every great manager knows you have to make tough decisions and have confidence in them. Now after deciding to let him go he must firmly believe he cannot cut it so why bargain from a weak position to add a buy back clause. Moreover I doubt the break up was amiable.

He had chose not to let Ravel go out on loan which I thought he might have tried as a last throw of the dice. May be it had been a possibility until further things went wrong and Fergie said that’s enough.

You start off with a theory and a few facts you add the evidence as it comes along does it fit the theory has it changed or was it wrong to begin with. I think this was quite and easy analysis as the facts just kept backing up my initial premise. Of course at the last minute things can change such as Schmeichel and Rooney sorting their problems out and apologising to the boss.

Some have been known to come through problems in their youth such as Stan Bowles. Will Ravel, I really hope I’m wrong but I doubt he will become a great player as I did believe for a long time previously.


4 Responses to “Ravel My Analysis”

  1. Danny Teal February 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    I’ve followed u 4 a while now just as a fellow Man United fan but I’ll be honest never really took the time 2 read ur blog.
    However after reading this article about the whole Rave Morrisson sa
    ga I feel a bit better about his departure and reasons behind it from all parties involved, player, agent, manager and club and it’s nice 2 see it explained properly, from a United fan who clearly has a knowledge and passion for the club!
    I hope Ravel goes on to be a success wherever he ends up in the prime of his career but in my opinion he should have stayed put at OT even if he had 2 take a pay cut cos if 1 thing is a dead cert, Fergie nurtures his youngsters into world class superstars from hughes, robson to giggs, scholes and beckham to ronaldo, rooney, nani and the young brazilian wing backs rafael and fabio and SAF will continue 2 do so aslong as his heart beats, our youth team is on fire

  2. Goldie February 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    I do think this is the best United blog – you obviously really understand football and United and give us real insight in to your knowledge and understanding of the game. Love it

  3. Stretford End (@manutdbloghu) February 3, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Keith, have you read this in the Guardian?

    “United had reportedly offered Morrison a new deal which the player was considering when West Ham’s bid was accepted.”

    I think that could be true. The club made a move (to give him a last chance) but they waited for too long with it. The Rooney-situation was a bit similar, except SAF couldn’t risk loosing his biggest star, so he swallowed his pride and did everything to keep him at the club.

    • themancunianred February 3, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

      I think that article in the Guardian is utter nonsense, my arguments are based on genuine analysis that article is the Guardian falls apart if you put any thought to it. It is as I’ve said in the article a means to make it look like the problem was negotiation over contract it had nothing to do with that he was trouble and United obviously wanted him out!

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