Nick Powell could make his long awaited return to action tonight for Manchester United’s U21s.
Warren Joyce, Man United’s U21s coach, has suggested he is in contention to play which will mark his return from a long period on the sidelines following a serious hamstring injury and a substantial rehabilitation regime which involved surgeries.
Powell hasn’t played for United under Louis van Gaal ever since the 4-0 loss away to MK Dons in 2014 and a return for the U21s would be the first step back on the ladder for a player who was so revered by Sir Alex Ferguson before he retired.
Recently in October, reports surfaced which suggested Powell was growing disillusioned with football after spending so much time out injured and to be honest I wouldn’t be surprised if that was true to an extent.
It must have been difficult for Powell, who is still only 21, to spend so long out injured during a crucial development stage in his career but he’s just been so unfortunate with his injuries. So, for him to return to action tonight would overcome a huge hurdle and mentally prepare him for a return to football.
The road to recovery for Powell has been a long and arduous one in which he has disconnected himself from fans on social media, presumably on purpose, but the hard work is just beginning for him.
I hope we get to see him in action tonight because I’m a big fan of Powell. He played with a swagger straight away at United and his performance away to Galatasaray on what was his UEFA Champions League debut stands out for me. We might have lost 1-0 but he wasn’t phased by one of the most hostile atmospheres in European football and even hit the crossbar with a header.
Powell’s a great prospect and I want to see what he can do under the tutelage of van Gaal because if he can re-find that form he showed after he joined from crew, then he’ll earn himself an opportunity in the first-team.
Tonight’s U21s game kicks off at 7pm and is live on MUTV. We’ll have the confirmed team news between 6-6.30pm and will bring that you as soon as we have it.