We have to say that we have always been fans of Manchester United youngster Nick Powell and we also sense that he could be a player who suits the style of manager Louis van Gaal.
He’s quite Carrickesque in his gait and style – he seldom looks rushed on the ball and has great passing ability as well as a lovely shot on him.
But, for one reason or the other, he has never quite made the grade at Manchester United.
Since joining the club in 2012 he has only made seven appearances in the senior team and most of those were in less highly regarded competitions.
He has since been on loan to Wigan and Leicester with mixed results.
But Manchester United U21s coach Warren Joyce thinks that he is in great shape on his long road to recovery after a serious hamstring issue. He told Manutd.com:
“Nick’s worked extremely hard,”
“It’s been a testing time, as you expect when you’re injured and obviously out for this amount of time with an injury. But his attitude has been outstanding in the gym and out on the training field.
He went on to suggest that the player might be closer to a big opportunity at Manchester United than ever:
“I think, to be fair, he is looking in the best condition he has ever been in his life. Hopefully, he kicks on with that now when the games start coming.
Still only 21 years of age this has to be seen as a make or break year in his career.
If he can kick on he may still get a chance as a regular in this transitional Manchester United squad.
But a failure to really focus will surely see him leave the club for good in the next 12 month or so.
But Joyce seems confident:
‘There is no doubt how much talent he has got. Some of the stuff you see from him is outstanding. He’s a high top-level talent so hopefully he can get a run of matches.’