For every youngster that does make it through the ranks at Manchester United there are many more who fail.
The Telegraph reports on Thursday evening that one such youngster’s career is on the ropes after a field loan spell at Leicester.
Manchester United news: Leicester City to end Nick Powell’s loan and send midfielder back to Old Trafford
The £4m midfielder is facing another blow to his faltering career after failing to make an impression at the Premier League’s bottom club
After a couple of decent games for Manchester United, following a move from Crewe in 2012, Powell went on loan to Wigan and hit 12 league goals in 32 games. It seemed, at that point, that his loan move was merely a kind of finishing school before he found a place in the Manchester United squad.
But he seems to have hit a brick wall over the last year and has only played 2 games for Leicester this term, even though they have been struggling.
Powell has a really nice touch and a lovely shot on him. But he sometimes looks a little slow and games can pass him by. Furthermore he has yet to find a permanent position. Is he a striker or a midfielder?
We don’t doubt that Powell can have a decent career. And there is a chance that, when he gets back to Old Trafford, Louis van Gaal will take a look at him and like what he sees.
But it seems increasingly likely that Powell will be a member of the next part of the LvG cull at Manchester United and start to revive his career at a lower level.
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