Dave Whelan has confirmed that Nick Powell will be joining Wigan Athletic on a season long loan.

Powell joined United last summer and after scoring a cracker on his debut against Wigan, the 19-year-old has rarely featured for the first team. He played in the last 15 minutes of our League Cup victory over Newcastle, 45 minutes against Chelsea in our League Cup defeat at Stamford Bridge, and started in two Champions League games after qualification at the top of the group was confirmed.

At the weekend, Wigan boss Owen Coyle spoke of his desire to sign our midfielder.

“Everyone knows that me and David [Moyes] have a very good relationship,” Coyle said. “He [Powell] is a hugely talented player. If and when he becomes available, I would certainly love to bring a player of that calibre to the football club if it is possible. He goes away with England under-21s I’m led to believe this week – somebody told me that.”

Wigan Athletic confirmed the loan deal on their website.

“We’re delighted to welcome Nick to Wigan Athletic, and thank Manchester United for allowing a player whom they have invested a large sum of money in and has incredible talent, to join us for the season. We’re all excited to be offering him the opportunity to play football at a high level and for him to continue his development here at the club.”

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