Wayne Rooney raves over Ravel Morrison as ex-Man Utd star nets incredible goal

Wayne Rooney couldn't contain his delight after former Manchester United maverick Ravel Morrison scored a stunning goal to send Derby County through to the second round of the Carabao Cup.

The 28-year-old forward only joined the Rams on Saturday but made an instant impact on his debut to help the Rams squeak past League Two side Salford City.

Derby could only field an inexperienced side at Pride Park as they are still under a transfer embargo, forcing Rooney to roll the dice and start Morrison for his first club game since December 2020.

Things started badly for the Rams as Salford raced into a two-goal lead inside 15 minutes to leave home fans fearing the worst.

That's how it stayed until 20 minutes from time when Derby clawed their way back to 2-2 with goals from Isaac Hutchinson and Colin Kazim-Richards.

Josh Morris restored Salford's lead from the penalty spot to leave the home side staring down the barrel of an embarrassing defeat.

But with time running out, Rooney's side were awarded a free-kick from 25 yards out.

Morrison stepped up to take it, and while his initial effort was blocked, his follow up strike left goalkeeper Tom King with no chance, flying into the top corner of the net.

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That forced penalties, which County won 5-3 to advance through to the second round of the competition at the expense of the side owned by members of the Class of 92.

Rooney was full of praise for Morrison after the game, saying: "If I get the best out of him this season, it’ll be very difficult to keep hold of him."

The Jamaica international has signed a one-year contract with the Rams, who can only bring in players on free transfers, loans or short-term deals.

It is the 13th club of a career that began with so much promise, with Sir Alex Ferguson once labelling Morrison: "The best player he had seen at that age".

Since those early days at Old Trafford, the former England U21 international has enjoyed something of a nomadic existence.

He played for Lazio in Italy, Ostersund in Sweden, Mexico's Atlas and, prior to his move to Derby, ADO Den Haag in the Netherlands.

Rooney will be hoping that he can be the man to unlock Morrison's talents as he aims to lead the Rams away from relegation danger this season.

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