Manchester United take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane next weekend when the Premier League gets back underway.
While there will be focus on the absence on Dean Henderson, who can’t play as part of his loan arrangement, there should be some attention on a couple of talented former Red Devils.
Ravel Morrison and Callum Gribbin are both under contract with the Blades after being picked up by Chris Wilder’s side as free agents.
There were high hopes for both players at Old Trafford, so here’s a look at the current state of play with regard to them both…
Gribbin was the shock name on the list of players released by Manchester United this past summer.
The teenager had a couple of years prior been regarded as United’s most talented prospect, also representing England at youth level.
Injury had hampered his progress and United decided to cut ties with the attacking midfielder at the end of June.
It was only in September that Gribbin resurfaced, going on trial with Sheffield United.
A month later he signed a contract until the end of this season, with Blades’ academy manager Jack Lester telling the club website they had to move quickly as there was interest from other clubs.
Gribbin is with their under-23 squad where he is playing regularly.
The jump to the first team seems too high for the 20-year-old for now. His top target should probably be to earn an extended deal beyond this season.
Ravel Morrison’s odyssey since leaving United has been well documented.
After shining briefly on loan at West Ham, he has spent time at clubs in Italy, Mexico and Sweden.
His move to Bramall Lane in the summer came as a surprise and he is yet to make an impact.
Morrison has two Carabao Cup starts and one substitute appearance in the Premier League to his name.
It is hard for him to force his way into a Sheffield United team flying high in the Premier League table but manager Chris Wilder has challenged Morrison to give him a selection headache.
He told Talksport: “He’s got a smile on his face, he enjoys coming into work. He’s doing fine. He’s back in England playing for us and trying to kick-start his career.“
Morrison, 26, is left relying on injuries and suspensions to get an opportunity, but don’t rule out the possibility of him featuring on the bench against the weekend.
If Wilder really wants to inspire and challenge Morrison then giving him a run out against his former club could be what he needs.
We obviously wish him well in relaunching his career, but just hope his breakthrough moment isn’t against us.
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