Nick Powell has been tipped for Manchester United success by Darren Fletcher
Nick Powell, Manchester United’s summer signing from Crewe Alexandra, has been praised by teammate Darren Fletcher following an impressive performance away in Turkey against Galatasaray. United lost the game 1-0, however Powell’s quick feet and range of passing was on show for all to see. Many Reds have suggested that United are crying out for centre midfielder and Powell could very well be that player if nurtured right. The youngster scored on his debut in the 4-0 victory over Wigan earlier this season.
Below are some of the quotes taken from the Darren Fletcher interview. United’s midfielder on Nick Powell playing lower league football prior to joining United:
“Playing in the lower leagues as a teenager will have hardened him up,”
“In some ways it is a better grounding because you get toughened up.
“You play with and against good experienced pros in the lower leagues, players who are going to kick you. You have to learn how to survive.
“It may not be the grounding in terms of what you expect of a Manchester United player but you are playing in games that matter so mentally and physically it is hard.”
Darren Fletcher on his own experience in Turkey playing against Fenerbahce:
“You realise in matches like these how quick the game is and that your touch has to be right,”
“I came to Istanbul as a 20-year-old to play Fenerbahce and it was a real eye-opener.
“I didn’t expect the ferociousness of the crowd. Playing in that atmosphere then was a real shock to the system.
“I now know what to expect and have been fortunate to play in a lot of big games in Europe and big atmospheres but that one certainly helped.”
Darren Fletcher on Nick Powell’s progression at United so far and his strong points:
“Nick is coming on leaps and bounds,”
“When a player comes from Crewe you don’t really know what to expect but his touch, awareness, ability and eye for a goal is great.
“Physically he is powerful already but he can get even stronger.
“I am not saying he is another Scholesy because he is the best player I have ever played with.
“Let’s just hope can concentrate on being Nick Powell because I am sure he will be a great player for Manchester United.”
What do you think of Fletcher’s praise of Powell? Is it warranted based upon his limited appearances thus far? Is Powell ready to step up to regular first team action OR will he have to wait for a few seasons yet?