Lingard or Powell - Who will have a bigger impact at Manchester United next season?

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Nick Powell and Jesse Lingard are both highly rated attacking midfielders at Old Trafford - who can impose themselves next season?

A year ago, on the weekend just past, Manchester United sent out an inexperienced side against a Scunthorpe United team and won the tie 1-0. The goal that day came courtesy of a summer signing - Nick Powell.

It was the former Crewe Alexandra player’s first goal in a United shirt and the start of what will hopefully be an excellent Old Trafford career.

He went on to play regularly for the clubs under-21 side and even featured for the first team on six occasions - scoring once against Wigan Athletic.

This summer however he has failed to have as significant an impact - he has been struggling with an injury problem.

That gave a chance to other United youngsters to impress the clubs fans and new manager, David Moyes. It was a chance that 20-year-old Jesse Lingard was not prepared to pass up.

After bagging a brace against the A-League All Stars he went on to score in games against Yokohama F. Marinos and Kitchee SC - taking his pre-season tally to four goals in four games.

So which player is best set to make an impact next season?

The interesting thing is both are a similar age - although Lingard is slightly older. Even more interesting is both players favoured position. If they had the choice both men would want to play just behind the striker as an attacking midfielder.

Obviously coming through the ranks at United means you have to play all over. Powell is often used as an out-and-out striker while Lingard is often pushed out to the wings.

The pair are different however. Both have been compared to current Chelsea stars - with Lingard talked of as having similarities with Eden Hazard while Powell is often compared to Frank Lampard.

Both great compliments - but entirely different players.

Which one will have the bigger impact next year?

Well it is hard to say because, in reality, neither is going to be a first-team regular yet.

It may very well be both are sent out on loan, but even then I don’t think you can call it - each are equally as talented in their unique way.

And wherever they play next term - both are bound to be equally as impressive.

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