Sir Alex Ferguson backed Manchester United loanee Nick Powell may return

Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell has failed to impress while on loan at Leicester City - what next?

Manchester United starlet Nick Powell may have been the driving force behind Wigan Athletic's promotion bid last season, but he has failed to make any kind of impact while on loan with Leicester City

According to the Telegraph, Nigel Pearson is ready to scrap Powell's loan deal and return him to Manchester United next month. 

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has played just 25 minutes of Premier League football for the Foxes this season and out of the 11 match day squads he has been available for, he has been left out of nine.

In fact, he has not played any kind of competitive football since his 14-minute cameo in the 2-0 loss to Southampton at the beginning of November, following on from an Under-21 appearance for the East Midlands side a few days prior on October 27.

Therefore, the news that the explosive midfielder Sir Alex Ferguson once dubbed as 'a ready made Scholes replacement' is set to return will come as little shock to both United and Leicester supporters. 

Louis van Gaal will now have a tough decision on his hands regarding the former Wigan man's future as he has already proven himself more than capable of handling the Championship, but may struggle to attract a Premier League given that the current bottom side are ready to cut their losses. 

While there will undoubtedly be interest from promotion-hungry Championship sides, would it be in Man United's best interests to send him on loan abroad, as they did with Nani and Angelo Henriquez, to allow him to sample a different culture?

Although it is highly irregular for a young English player to go on loan abroad, for someone like Powell, who has all the raw ability and doesn't really fit into a level in England, it could be the best possible option. 

However, as in most cases it could come down to who is willing to pay the most for his services and as a proven asset in the Championship, it wouldn't be surprising to see him drop down a level again.

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