Derby trialist Ravel Morrison reunited with Jesse Lingard as former Manchester United teammates laugh on pitch before pre-season victory over Derby County

Jesse Lingard and Ravel Morrison shared a laugh on the pitch as they were reunited ahead of Manchester United’s pre-season clash at Derby.

The Red Devils’ first match of pre-season kicked off with the visit of Wayne Rooney’s men on Sunday, with Morrison starting against his boyhood club, and United claiming a 2-1 victory.

Jesse Lingard and Ravel Morrison won the FA Youth Cup together at Manchester United in a young team that also included Paul Pogba
Lingard and Morrison were reunited at Pride Park on Sunday for Man United’s pre-season friendly with Derby

Lingard, who is still wanted by West Ham having flourished on loan with them last season, was named as a substitute for United’s pre-season opener.

Red Devils academy graduate Morrison is a free agent after ending his brief spell at Dutch club ADO Den Haag in January, but is currently on trial with the Rams and started the match against his former club.

The 28-year-old has been given a chance to impress by United legend Rooney, after a career which seen the talented young player hailed by Sir Alex Ferguson as ‘the best he had ever seen at his age’ become a journeyman.

Since leaving United in 2012, Morrison has moved to five clubs in England, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands and has had six loan moves, including a short spell with Mexican club Atlas.

Morrison thrived in Man United’s youth teams and won the FA Youth Cup alongside Lingard and Pogba in 2011

Rooney will know all about the midfielder, having trained and player with him at United, and will be hoping to succeed where other managers have failed and unlock Morrison’s prodigious ability.

A contract offer has not been confirmed yet, though, and so he was left to enjoy a laugh with old mate Lingard ahead of the match.

The pair won the FA Youth Cup together back in 2011, in a team that also featured Paul Pogba.

Rooney also shared a warm embrace with his former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the pair playing together at United for three years from 2004-2007.

Rooney and Solskjaer spent three years together at United
Man United legend Rooney speaks to Morrison as other Derby stars ahead of their clash against the Red Devils

Morrison’s story is one of unfulfilled potential. His talent was lauded by United icon Ferguson but his career fell apart before it even started.

Having turned professional on his 17th birthday in 2010, Morrison ended up making just three senior appearances for the Red Devils and left the club in 2012 without playing a Premier League game.

The list of clubs he has played for is long and includes West Ham, Birmingham City, Queens Park Rangers, Cardiff City, Lazio and Swedish club Ostersunds.

Morrison impressed in the friendly but couldn’t prevent his boyhood club from claiming a 2-1 victory to kick off their pre-season campaign with a win.

Tahith Chong put United in front with a dinked finish in the first-half – the 21-year-old has signed for Birmingham City in a season-long loan but will remain with the Red Devils for their pre-season campaign.

Tahith Chong celebrated with Juan Mata after scoring the opener

Facundo Pellistri, the 19-year-old Uruguayan forward, then rounded the goalkeeper after a move involving Lingard – who later hit the bar witha a wicked curling effort – to double the lead, before Colin Kazim-Richards pulled one back for the Rams with a fine low shot from 20 yards.

The game saw Solskjaer field 23 players, including Mason Greenwood, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Tom Heaton.

Just four weeks out from their first game of the Premier League season against Leeds United, Lingard was particularly impressive, in a performance that will have West Ham fans fearing their chances of re-signing him are over.

Rooney, meanwhile, has got a task on his hands to get a Derby team together for the new Championship campaign, with five trialists who started the game including Morrison and Phil Jagielka.

The Rams’ transfer embargo means the club can currently can only sign free agents and loan players.