Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell will hold crisis talks with senior club officials to determine whether or not he has a long-term future at Old Trafford after making just one senior appearance under Louis van Gaal last season.
The 21-year-old misfit has spent the majority of his Red Devils career farmed out on loan after joining from Crewe Alexandra with a burgeoning reputation as an up-and-coming star of the future in 2012.
However, with just 12 months remaining on the four-year contract he penned at the Theatre of Dreams, Powell is now facing up to the realisation that he might be forced to leave the Premier League giants permanently in order to secure regular first-team action.
According to The Sun, Championship duo Nottingham Forest and newly-promoted Preston North End are both keen to take the former Wigan Athletic loanee next term, but not before the player has held 'clear the air' talks with the veteran Dutch coach to find out if there's any chance of breaking into the senior team at Manchester United.
One option will be for the club to offer Powell an extension before letting him leave on another temporary deal, with the opportunity to play consistently in England's second tier likely to benefit his continued development.
The biggest problem that Powell has faced since joining Manchester United three years ago is the period of instability following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in the summer of 2013.
The former England U21 international was one of the club legend's final acquisitions before calling time on his 27-year tenure, but despite a positive debut campaign he fell out of favour with Ferguson's successor David Moyes.
Powell failed to make much of an impression on Van Gaal either, and that's why Red Devils fans have hardly seen him over the past year, which is also part of the reason why he missed out on Gareth Southgate's Young Lions squad for the European U21 Championships in the Czech Republic this summer.
Manchester United fans: Would you like to see Nick Powell handed a new contract at Old Trafford? Do you think he has what it takes to cement his place in the first-team in the future? Have your say below…
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