Manchester United fans around the world will be waking up today feeling understandably negative about this summer's transfer dealings. The Red Devils failed to sign most of their transfer targets and eventually signed Marouane Fellaini, a player who most United fans didn't want at the club for an inflated fee.
However, many fans may be unaware of a piece of business that could prove to be the most influential of the window in terms of the club's long-term future - exciting midfield prospect Nick Powell joining Championship side Wigan on a season-long loan.
Wigan's manager, Owen Coyle, was in charge of Bolton Wanderers when both Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge played there on loan - spells which saw both players develop from talented youngsters into top quality first-team performers.
Since joining from Crewe Alexandra last summer, Powell has impressed staff at Old Trafford with his passing abilities and eye for a goal - attributes which have inevitably led to comparisons with United legend Paul Scholes. Although it is unwise to put such pressure on a teenager's shoulders, Powell is undoubtedly the type of player that United are crying out for; a progressive, goal-scoring midfielder who can be creative from a deeper position.
If Powell progresses under Coyle as Jack Wilshere did, he could be ready to make the step up for United next season. If this is the case, United's inability to sign a ready made player in that position such as Ander Herrera, Cesc Fabregas or Thiago Alcantara, could prove inadvertently beneficial, not just for Nick Powell, but for United and England as well.
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