Nick Powell’s career at Premier League side Manchester United seems to be all but over as it is been reported that the youngster has become disillusioned with the game.
The 21-year-old seemed to have the world at his feet back in the summer of 2012 when he made the move from Crewe Alexandra to Old Trafford for a fee believed to be worth around £4million, and was touted by former boss Sir Alex Ferguson as a future England international in his autobiography.
Life in Manchester got off to a great start with a debut goal in United’s win over Wigan Athletic, however his career has been downhill from there as he has gone on to make just seven appearances in his three years at the club - with his last start coming in the 4-0 demolition at the hands of MK Dons last year.
Limited loan success
After his debut campaign it was decided that he would be sent out on loan to Wigan Athletic where he impressed but his second loan spell on deadline day to Premier League club Leicester City didn’t bode as well.
He only made three first team appearances under then boss Nigel Pearson as well as four under-21 games before the deal was brought to a premature end in the January.
It was reported at the same time that Pearson understood to have been disappointed with Powell’s time keeping and felt that he lacked the hunger and desire needed for a club that looked to survive in the English top flight.
It now seems that Van Gaal has also had enough as he believes that he doesn’t have the motivation that the Dutchman is looking for since his return as the youngster continues to recover from a serious knee surgery and it looks likely that he will play out the rest of his contract which is due to run out this summer.