Manchester United U21s coach Warren Joyce is very happy with Nick Powell‘s progress so far after returning from injury.
The 21-year-old played 55 minutes for Man United’s U21s in their 2-0 defeat to Norwich on Monday in what was his first competitive match in nearly a year.
He played as well as he could have hoped and speaking about his progress, Joyce praised Powell’s hard work to date which has helped him get back into this position.
“He played 45 minutes last week [in a training game], and then 55 minutes on top of quite a hard week,” Joyce said.
“It’s a case of managing the minutes with him, just to try to get him through really and back to near full fitness. He has a way to go yet but he’s worked really hard.
“He’s had no signs of breaking down again and that is a pleasing aspect of it. So far, so good.”
We’re hearing all the right noises with Powell at the moment and that’s a big positive. The fact Louis van Gaal included him in first-team training ahead of the PSV game says a lot and that would have been a good boost for Powell himself as well.
As we’ve been saying all along, the road to here has been long and arduous for Powell but he’s overcome that hurdle. Next up for him is the hardest part of all – working his way into van Gaal’s first-team squad plans and that work is now underway.