The 21-year-old spent part of last season on loan at Leicester City where he failed to impress and is expected to be sent out once again by Louis van Gaal.
A previous loan spell at Wigan Athletic was more fruitful but still didn’t help Powell make the step up to senior football.
For Powell himself, another loan move could be pivotal in his development. Any regular first-team football would help him and he’d certainly get that at Forest if he applied himself.
In terms of his immediate United future, Powell would currently struggle to earn much game time with the likes of Ander Herrera, Angel di Maria, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick. So, a loan move would be the right decision from all parties.
It’s been a strange one to see Powell stagnate because he arrived with such promise. After all, Sir Alex Ferguson insisted he could go on to have as much influence as Scholes, so the bar was already set high.
A successful loan spell could be the catalyst Powell needs to get the fire started underneath his United career.