Manchester United's Nick Powell has been told by new Wigan boss Uwe Rosler to stay at the DW stadium to maintain his development rather than move to a Premier league club, according to Manchester Evening News.

Rosler oversaw his first Wigan win on Sunday and has asked Manchester United to leave Powell at the Championship club and not loan him to a Premier league side.

Powell, on loan at Wigan, scored a fantastic overhead kick in Wigan's 3-2 win against Bolton which put his tally up to seven goals from 18 games this season.

The Wigan boss feels keeping Powell for the rest of the season is a top priority. He said: "I think for him it is a very, very good place to be where you can play on your first loan week-in, week-out. 

"If he goes in the Premier League now I don't think he will get that amount of playing time like he gets with us."

Sir Alex Ferguson recently tipped the 19-year-old as an "absolute certainty" to become an England star in his autobiography.

Rosler is clearly excited by Powell's talent and wants to keep the youngster until the end of the season.

"I had contacted Manchester United two days ago and we will have a dialogue," Rosler added.

"We have high aspirations as a club, where we demand a lot and where we also want to have a very good training culture where a player like Nick can flourish.

"I really hope that David, who I have a good relationship with - I loaned three players from him when he was at Everton, will see it the same way and that Nick can continue his progress with us."

Rosler's side sit 14th in the Championship but with a game in hand against strugglers Sheffield Wednesday. The FA Cup holders are looking for a return to the Premier League but their season has been hampered by Europa league exploits.

However, Powell has impressed in Europe scoring three goals in six matches despite Wigan failing to progress out of their group.

Rosler gave a glowing report of Powell. He said: "He's very fit, he lasts 90 minutes, he puts the opposition under pressure and he's good with the ball and without the ball.

"He's a very modern-type of footballer and I'm enjoying working with him. Wigan Athletic is for him and for his development it's the ideal place because he will play week-in, week-out.

"He can play different positions and that's always good in terms of football knowledge for a young player. He plays for a club where there's a lot of pressure to win football games. I really hope and wish that Nick will continue to end the season for us."

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