Ahead of his return to Manchester United, our former youth coach, Warren Joyce, has discussed the players he’s most disappointed with.
Adhan Januzaj is currently struggling at Sunderland after a fantastic debut season as United, James Wilson has gone from loan to loan without succeeding, while Federico Macheda is playing in Serie B, having played a crucial role in United winning the 2009 title.
The frustrating thing is seeing ones like Adnan Januzaj, James Wilson or Federico Macheda get up to that level and stop doing the work they did to get to that level. Not play the games, not train as hard, sit in Jacuzzis and not do the same weights and sessions they did to get there. Those are the frustrating ones for me, because that could be avoided.
If you can get up to that level when you’re young, you need to continue to work hard. You hope they become intelligent enough that they’re self-managing. Look at the Leicester team that won the league last season. There were five players that were in United’s reserves. If you add Jeff Schlupp, who came on trial for three months, trained with us and says openly that it changed him around, that’s a big group.
Speaking specifically about Ravel Morrison, Joyce revealed that members of United’s staff used to do his community service with him to ensure that he went.
There were times we took it in turns doing Ravel’s community service with him. I’ve shovelled horse s— with him in an afternoon to try and help him through that.