Lots of Manchester United supporters have been remembering Red Devils flop Nick Powell, following his latest comments in an exclusive with the Manchester Evening News.
Speaking to Dominic Booth, Powell opened up about his time at Old Trafford. The 26-year-old revealed he only signed for United because of Sir Alex Ferguson, and admitted: “I remember waking up from my back operation and he’d announced his retirement. So I had no idea, woke up and then he’d retired.
“I remember saying before that I didn’t want my op, as United had pretty much won the league by then and you needed 10 appearances to get a medal – I was on two or three. I made a couple of bench appearances and I was really enjoying the time, even though I wasn’t playing. He [Ferguson] told me exactly what I was getting into and I didn’t mind that.”
Powell acknowledged “it was always going to be different when Sir Alex retired. If he wasn’t there and I didn’t have a phone call and meetings with him, I probably wouldn’t have gone to United. So it was always going to be a downhill spiral for me as soon as he left.”
After arriving at the Theatre of Dreams from Crewe Alexandra all the way back in the summer of 2012 for £6.75m, the Englishman flopped and only made 9 appearances for United in all competitions, scoring just 1 goal, before departing Manchester for Wigan Athletic on a free transfer.
While it is safe to say things didn’t quite work out during his time at the club, Powell now plies his trade at Championship side Stoke City, where he has netted 4 goals and produced 4 assists for Michael O’Neill’s Potters in the English second division (Transfermarkt).
UtdReport posted his thoughts on Twitter, prompting plenty of replies from the United faithful. One fan remarked the midfielder was “never good enough” and another simply asked “where is he now?”
Have a read through the different reactions down below…
Championship is his level
— Stuart green (@Stuartg54181049) April 15, 2020
He was never good enough.
— BrainBox (@BrainBox1212) April 16, 2020
Where is he now?
— モハメツド (@YoungSaeed) April 15, 2020
Simply not good enough regardless of the manager
— theJones (@SteBonesJones) April 15, 2020
He let the move get to his head, lost focus and that’s the reason it didn’t work out. Not because Fergie had retired.
— Mairtín MacDomhnaill 🇮🇪☘️ GGMU (@DjembaDjemba123) April 16, 2020
Man was supposed to be Man Utd’s Aaron Ramsey
— M.sKaTa™ (@mustyskata) April 16, 2020
United fans, do you think Nick Powell was Sir Alex Ferguson’s biggest failed signing? Let us know in the comments!