Former Manchester United youngster Ravel Morrison has revealed he stole boots that belonged to Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand while he was at the club.

The 28-year-old was one of the youths tipped to make it in the world of football but struggled with off-the-pitch problems

He has opened up saying he used to steal Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney’s boots from the dressing room at Carrington to sell and put food on the table for his family.

Ravel was amongst the best of the youngsters in the United set up under Ferguson and was rated by Sir Alex Ferguson as the best teenager he had ever seen. But, off-the-pitch issues brought his love affair with the Red Devils to a premature end.

Morrison was a guest on Rio Ferdinand’s Five podcast, he explained how off field affected his promising career.

Morrison told Ferdinand: “Obviously I was on a scholar’s wage, I was young.

“You used to get like £250 for a pair of boots. You take two pairs of boots, you get £500 and you go home and buy your family a Chinese or something.

“You guys used to get like 30 pairs of boots. I didn’t mean it to cause so much harm but when I used to see yours or [Wayne] Rooney’s deliveries, you’d get 20-30 pairs at a time, I was thinking one pair to put some food on the table at home, I didn’t think it would be a big problem but obviously now I know.”