Nick Powell took a big step on his road to full recovery with a fantastic performance for Manchester United’s U21s in their 6-1 win over Leicester City.
He scored two goals and could have easily had a hat-trick on the night but will be delighted at completing his first 90 minutes since returning from injury, as well as the fact he bagged himself a brace.
Powell really stood out during the game. You can tell his level is above the U21s in much the same fashion as Adnan Januzaj and James Wilson made it look so easy when they were playing there before breaking into the first-team on a full time basis.
Man United fans were certainly delighted to see how Powell got on:
This is seriously the best football I've seen from an #mufc side this season. Slick, quick and incisive. Powell could've had a hat-trick.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) December 14, 2015
Powell could genuinely play his way into the team at this rate.
— Red Voices (@RedVoicesMUFC) December 14, 2015
With three subs on…Nick Powell will get a much needed 90 mins under his belt…has been very good tonight!
— The MUFC Academy (@mrmujac) December 14, 2015
Nick Powell's 2nd goal vs. Leicester (u21's) https://t.co/v5eeFrgBmV
— Sam (@ImNoMortalSam) December 14, 2015
Nick Powell furious with himself after lashing over an effort in the 90th minute. Would have been his hat-trick and 7-1 for United.
— MUFC Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) December 14, 2015
Cracking performance from Powell tonight.Looks the most ready for first team football out of that bunch.
— Khoa Zany (@khoazany) December 14, 2015
Great to hear Nick Powell was in flying form for the U21s tonight. Realy really really want him to make it at United! #mufc
— Alan Flatley (@alflats11) December 14, 2015
Powell now has three goals in three games since coming back from nearly a year out with a hamstring injury and the fact he got a full game under his belt is a big step in terms of improving his fitness.
With United’s first-team squad still suffering from so many injuries, we’ll no doubt see more of Powell in the coming weeks and if his performance against Leicester’s U21s was anything to go by, he will have plenty to offer when he re-finds his fitness and form with the first-team.