Thursday, 12th July, 2012
Sir Alex Ferguson has let slip the position he has in mind for exciting young prospect Nick Powell by saying that the player should do well in midfield.
The Red Devils completed the signing of Powell from Crewe on the 13th June, while the technically gifted forward was officially unveiled as a Manchester United player this morning alongside Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa.
The 70-year-old Red Devils manager discussed the position where he intends to play the 18-year-old Englishman while presenting him at a press conference at Old Trafford.
“We hope he’ll be a central midfield player and that’s where we’ll develop him”, said the Scottish manager.
Ferguson said that he had discussed the best position for Powell with Crewe technical director Dario Gradi and had also taken into account the player’s own opinion before deciding to test him in the central midfield area.
“I asked Dario if Nick could be a central midfielder. Dario thinks that’s his position and Nick does too so we’re all in accord”, added the experienced manager.
It seems likely that Ferguson has earmarked Powell as the long-term replacement for legendary midfielder Paul Scholes, who should retire at the end of next season.
The club has not been able to find an apt replacement for the 37-year-old and it was due to this very reason that Scholes was asked to come out of retirement last season to fill the void he left in the central midfield of the Premier League giants.
Powell played just behind a forward in his days at Crewe and actually rose to fame after netting 14 goals in 38 appearances in League Two last season.
Fans will be interested to see the young player’s development at the club and to observe whether he can emulate the great Paul Scholes or not.
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