Manchester United haven’t done Newcastle United many favours in the transfer market, the likes of Alan Smith, Nicky Butt and Gabriel Obertan seeing Sir Alex Ferguson with a big smile on his face as he got rid of players who then became liabilities at Newcastle.

However, during Alan Pardew’s time at St James Park, there were repeated claims that Newcastle United were trying to sign Manchester United’s Ravel Morrison.

Indeed at one point it was claimed that a deal had been agreed and Morrison was moving to Tyneside.

Now in an interview with The Sun, Ravel Morrison has confirmed that Newcastle United DID try to sign him a number of times.

The now former Manchester United midfielder was in constant trouble off the pitch and no doubt Mike Ashley was eyeing what he saw as another ‘bargain’.

A player who obviously had talent but a flawed personality, who could be landed on the ‘cheap’.

Thankfully this deal never became reality but only because Manchester United refused to sell him, according to Ravel Morrison.

At that time Nile Ranger was still a Newcastle United player (when he turned up for training), the thought of Morrison and him teaming up doesn’t bear thinking about.

So seemingly thanks to Sir Alex Ferguson Ravel Morrison didn’t end up at Newcastle, instead he eventually found his way to West Ham and a series of loans, before joining Lazio as an out of contract player this summer.

With so far only 62 minutes of football spread over four substitute appearances, Morrison is making as much impact in Italy as he did in England.

Ravel Morrison speaking to The Sun:

“It was never about money for me because all I wanted to do was play football at first-team level.

“To break into the Manchester United team at that time, with the players they had, was going to be too hard. “

Newcastle United:

“I did ask for a loan but they wouldn’t send me out until I signed a new deal and they also turned down offers from Newcastle.

“The demands were not from me and I never once said, ‘I want this or that’, I was just 17 and it was my former representative who was speaking to (Manchester) United.”