Manchester United have had a number of promising youngsters on their books but one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s signings has a number of regrets about his time as a Red Devil at Old Trafford

Sir Alex Ferguson was left furious with Nick Powell during his time at Old Trafford

Sir Alex Ferguson was left furious with Nick Powell during his time at Old Trafford

Former Manchester United wonderkid Nick Powell has revealed that he would “change everything” about his time at Old Trafford.

The midfielder, now with Stockport County at the age of 29, initially became a Red Devil back in the summer of 2012. He was one of the brightest young stars in English football, with United agreeing to pay Crewe Alexandra £6million for his services.

He enjoyed a dream start to life with the club as he scored on his debut Premier League appearance as he came on as a substitute in a 4-0 win over Wigan. Despite that, iconic Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson was left furious after Powell was asked to do an interview by the club’s in-house TV station.

Speaking to SportBible, the midfielder said: “The next day, I walked past Sir Alex going for breakfast. I’m smiling. I’m just buzzing that I scored. But he then turns around and goes, ‘What the f**k are you doing an interview for?’

“I was like, ‘Woah, woah woah. I didn’t want to do it in the first place!’ but he wasn’t having any of it. He said, ‘You’ve not made it yet. I tell you when you can do things like that.’ I’ve gone from buzzing to what the f**k is going on here.”

Despite Powell’s promise, he failed to make the grade with the Red Devils. He was sent out on a series of loan spells with Wigan, Leicester and Hull.

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Powell then left the club on a free transfer in 2016 as he rejoined Wigan at the end of his United contract. In his four years as a Red Devil, he was afforded just nine appearances in all competitions - his only goal coming on his debut.

Seven years since quitting Old Trafford on a permanent basis, Powell has revealed that he holds regrets over his stint with the Red Devils. He added: “I’d change everything [about my time at United], especially my attitude towards it.

“I was very nice. I’d go to training, try not to annoy anyone and just sort of fit in. I’d just do what I needed to do.’

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“I wasn’t a Manchester United player,” Powell said. “They were a machine. Everyone was a cog and it worked really well. I played football for the fun of it, whereas they played to win and that was probably the biggest eye-opener for me.”

Powell has enjoyed somewhat of a better time of things since leaving United. He played a key role in helping Wigan earn promotion from League One during the 2017/18 campaign.

After three years with the Latics, he moved on to Stoke City where he stayed for four seasons before once again leaving on a free transfer. Powell penned a three-year deal with Stockport in the summer and has started each of the side’s opening two matches of the League Two season.

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