Manchester United take on Chelsea tomorrow in a Premier League game at Old Trafford. The fixture carries far more significance for the away side then the already crowned Premier League Champions who could take it easy and let the conclusions evolve naturally.
However Sir Alex Ferguson will want to get one over on his old nemesis Rafa Benitez so do not expect a walkover at the Theatre Of Dreams.
But, with Chelsea going into the game 20 points behind their Manchester rivals, what on earth could I suggest United learn from their inferior rivals?
Well it regards two highly talented young players; Romelu Lukaku and Nick Powell.
This season; Chelsea decided to let the Belgian sensation take some time away from the club in order to gain valuable first-team action. They found a more than obliging host in the form of former player and coach Steve Clarke who took him on board with open arms.
And now we are finally starting to see just why Chelsea splurged a potential £17 million pounds on the teenager from Anderlecht back in 2011.
He has had a superb season for The Baggies netting 14 goals in 31 games at the Hawthorns; form that saw him recognised as one of six nominees for the PFA Young Player of the Year along with fellow Belgian’s Eden Hazard and Christian Benteke.
Such form has seen him highlighted as practically a new signing for the Stamford Bridge outfit next season when he returns to help lead the flimsy looking line; with Fernando Torres scoring exclusively in cup competitions and Demba Ba not living up to expectation.
So should United do something similar with Powell next season?
Signed from Crewe Alexandra last summer he has featured for just 30 Premier League minutes this campaign; yet still managed to grab a goal against Wigan in September.
The 19-year-old is certainly burgeoning with promise but with so much competition for places ahead of him he is set to struggle for first-team action once again next season.
Sending him out on loan somewhere he is bound to get first-team action could certainly have a similar effect on his career as it has with Lukaku.
Hull City strike me as a perfect location. Recently promoted their manager Steve Bruce is a former player for Sir Alex and would be trusted with one of United’s most valuable young assets.
Wherever he goes in the Premier League a top-flight loan-spell just like Lukaku’s can only be a positive for this talented England under-21 international just dying to show what he can do.
Do you think United should loan out Powell next season?
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