The reports suggest Wigan manager Uwe Rosler was at Carrington this week to also discuss the possibility of buying Powell if Manchester United wanted to sell, but who would he have had that conversation with seeing as we don’t currently have a manager?
This season, Powell has enjoyed a fantastic loan spell in the Championship with Wigan and got a taste of European football as well in the Europa League.
He has excelled during the loan spell and is their top goalscorer both in the Championship and Europa League, despite the fact he has had to play in a variety of positions including up front and back in midfield.
In my mind, Manchester United should be looking at bringing Powell into the first team squad next year.
“If they are good enough, they are old enough,” Sir Matt Busby once famously said and Powell fits that philosophy.
A poor performance in the Capital One Cup semi-final shouldn’t be taken as an indictment of his season because he was only just back from injury at that point.
In his few performances for United, Powell showed some real promise, least not in his Champions League debut away to Galatasaray, an away day that even the most senior players would have found intimidating.
Powell can be part of the future for Manchester United and can have an impact next year but if the new manager does decide he isn’t ready, then he should only be loaned out, not sold.
Thanks to a 1-0 over Birmingham at the weekend, Wigan and Powell have earned a spot in the play-offs. The last time Powell was in the play-offs with Crewe in League Two he went the whole way to Wembley and scored a wonderful goal to help them secure promotion.
Could he do the same again with Wigan?