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If the penny ever drops, Ravel Morrison would probably volley it into the net | Jacob Steinberg

Manchester United Youth Cup winner from 2011 looked being a world-beater, just as his then team-mate Paul Pogba went on to become, but after a succession of disasters the Englishman is still struggling to make an impact at Lazio

For a heady spell in the autumn of 1995, it was not unthinkable that the youngster who would blossom into Manchester United’s undisputed first-choice right winger for the best part of the next decade would be Terry Cooke rather than David Beckham. Even though Cooke’s career probably peaked when he helped Manchester City win the Division Two play-off final against Gillingham in 1999, four days after Beckham helped United win the treble, the notion is not as ridiculous as it sounds.

Bear with me here. Younger than every member of the Class of 92 apart from Phil Neville, Cooke was part of a front six that featured Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Lee Sharpe and Ryan Giggs when he excelled on his Premier League debut, ripping Bolton Wanderers apart, starting an attack with an extravagant volleyed backheel before tearing on to a piercing pass from Scholes and crossing for Giggs to score at the far post.

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