NIck Powell says David Moyes agreed to let him leave for Wigan Athletic on loan after telling the youngster he won't get the playing time he needs at Old Trafford.

Powell joined Championship club Wigan on a season long loan from Manchester United after failing to break in to the first team picture under Moyes.

The youngster hit the headlines whilst playing for Crewe Alexandra and sealed a move to Old Trafford in a £3m deal last summer.

After finding his opportunities limited, Powell has revealed his loan move came as a result of a conversation with the United manager, who agreed he needed to play a full season of first team football.

He told the official Wigan website: “I spoke with David Moyes and we both agreed that I needed more game-time which was the only thing missing from last season, so hopefully I can get that here and do the business for Wigan Athletic.

“You always need experience if you’re going to become a better player, no matter what division that might be in. I’ve played in the Premier League with Manchester United and League One with Crewe Alexandra, and now I’m getting a taste of the Championship where I hope to prove myself.”

Powell also revealed that he is hoping to emulate Manchester United team mate Tom Cleverley, who spent a season on loan at Wigan in the 2010/11 season.

Cleverley made 25 league appearances for the Latics that season and returned to United ready for first team action. Powell hopes to follow a similar path.

“Hopefully I can follow his example and return to Manchester United after a successful season here and as a better player," he said.

"I spoke to Clevs before I came here and he told me how great his time at Wigan Athletic was and how it helped his development."

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