Crewe Alexandra director of football Dario Gradi believes that Nick Powell is capable of resurrecting his career despite his failed spell at Manchester United.
Man United signed Powell from Crewe in 2012 and there had been high hopes for the Englishman following some impressive displays early in his career.
But a succession of injuries and mixed loan spells at Wigan Athletic, Leicester City and Hull City meant he was released by United when his contract expired this summer. Crewe legend Gradi, who handed Powell his debut as a 16-year-old, backed his former player to bounce back.
“He still has time to have a very good career,” Gradi said.
“It’s a shame he has been so unlucky with injuries but he is still young. He may have to adjust and adapt his game but he is a match-winner.
“I know he’s struggled physically over the last few seasons but if a club can get him fit and running around again, then he has incredible ability.
“If he’d remained injury free and [Sir] Alex [Ferguson] had stayed at Manchester United then I’m sure he would have been challenging for an England place. He is certainly good enough.”
Unfortunately, it appears as if Powell didn’t have the application or the attitude to succeed at United.
The injuries didn’t help but misbehaviour off the pitch meant he was always on the periphery of things at Old Trafford.
You only need to look at the likes of Marcus Rashford and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who have worked hard behind the scenes before grabbing their opportunities with both hands, to see how a young player should apply themselves at United.