The 22-year-old has stepped up his recovery with three goals in as many appearances for Manchester United’s U21s since returning from injury.
He has also come off the bench for the first-team against both Wolfsburg and Bournemouth but van Gaal is uncertain whether he’ll feature at Old Trafford this weekend.
Speaking about Powell, van Gaal said: “He was also injured for a long time so he’s now recovering and coming in the match rhythm, but now because of the many injuries he cuts his chances and you never know [if he will play against Norwich].”
Powell has only been given opportunities with the first-team already due to injuries but even then, there have been question marks over whether he should have been used at all given that both Andreas Pereira and Ashley Young were overlooked in order for him to play.
Looking ahead, I’m very glad to see Powell doing so well in the early stages of his recovery. He’s got bags of potential as a player and I’m itching to see if he can fulfil that.
Up until this point in his career, Powell has had some promising loan spells and also some unpromising ones, followed by a career threatening injury which curtailed his progress for a year. Now, he can focus on progressive improvement and the early stages of his return indicate everything is going well.