Why selling £4m starlet would be a huge mistake for Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell has been linked with a permanent move away from Old Trafford - but he should not be sold.

United made a commitment to buying young British players under Sir Alex Ferguson, and whilst the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling made the headlines, he also managed to land Crewe playmaker Powell for £4m in 2012, after he had impressed in League Two with The Railwaymen.

The England youth international had a burgeoning reputation at Crewe, and his promising displays at Gresty Road had attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, but it was ultimately United who landed his signature, but he hasn't found first team action easy to come by.

Powell has made just six appearances for the Red Devils, scoring once, and it was no surprise when he was loaned out to the Championship with Wigan Athletic, as United look to hand their young star some first team football before returning to Old Trafford.

With 10 goals and two assists in 28 starts, Powell has certainly impressed for the Latics, and those showings had suggested that the 20-year-old could return to United this summer in a bid to break into the first team - after all, United have had plenty of problems in the centre of their midfield.

But new speculation suggests that Powell could be sold this summer for around £5m, with Swansea City reportedly very interested in taking him to South Wales. Yet with United's aforementioned issues in midfield, this would be a huge mistake.

Powell is still only 20 and has flashed his outstanding ability during his loan spell at the DW Stadium, talent that United need to take a chance on. They aren't in need of the cash and Powell can be eased into action at Old Trafford, just as fellow youngster Adnan Januzaj has.

United are expected to spend heavily in the transfer market this summer, but instead of focusing all of their efforts on bringing new players to the club, they should also pay attention to blossoming youngsters that could provide the club with a new lease of life in the midfield - which is exactly what Powell could do, if given the opportunity.

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