It is time for United fans to get excited about Nick Powell again

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With another season soon to begin, could this be the one in which Manchester United fans see Nick Powell blossom?

When Manchester United signed Nick Powell from Crewe Alexandra in 2012, some believed they had found their new Paul Scholes.

The attacking midfielder may have only been 18 when Sir Alex Ferguson agreed an initial £3million deal for him, but his performances for Crewe had fans and neutrals alike purring.

For those still in doubt, Powell left his former club with the most sublimely taken of goals in the League Two play-off final, a last reminder of what they were selling and a tantalising glimpse of what United had signed.

Powell would go on to score on his United debut against Wigan Athletic, but it was at the latter where he would spend much of his recent career, his loan spell at the Latics ending with 12 goals, three assists and the sense he was ready for his United career to begin again.

A new season always prompts excitement; some justified and some certainly not. But in the case of Powell, the expectations should be high.

After all, he showed in both the Championship and the Europa League (where he netted three goals in just six matches) that he is maturing all the time. And at 20, he will be hoping Louis van Gaal gives him the chance to show what he can do in a midfield still lacking despite the welcome presence of Ander Herrera.

United are likely to sign more players this summer, but their youngsters should not be forgotten. And while the likes of Andreas Pereira and James Wilson may benefit from a season on loan, Powell has already done that.

In short, with a pre-season tour quickly approaching, and with a new boss to impress, the power is now in Powell’s hands. And for that reason alone, United fans would be right to get excited.

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