United win Powell race

Image: Nick Powell: Manchester United have signed the 18-year-old for an undisclosed fee

Manchester United have completed the signing of the 'exceptional' midfielder Nick Powell from Crewe Alexandra for an undisclosed fee.

Teenager describes Old Trafford move as 'a dream come true'

Manchester United have completed the signing of the 'exceptional' midfielder Nick Powell from Crewe Alexandra for an undisclosed fee. Sir Alex Ferguson is relishing the prospect of working with the 18-year-old, who has signed a four-year contract after passing a medical, after an in-depth scouting process. And the United boss thinks Powell, a spectacular goalscorer as Crewe defeated Cheltenham in the 2012 League Two play-off final in May, has a bright future. Ferguson told United's official website: "We have scouted Nick for months now. He is an exceptional talent and has been schooled well at Crewe. "I'm delighted he has chosen to come to United. He has a lot to offer and we are all looking forward to working with him."

Development

Powell, a product of Crewe's famous Academy, was linked with almost every Premier League club after scoring 16 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions in 2011/12. But his ambition was to play for United, as he said: "It really is a dream come true to be signing for Manchester United. "I have had a great time at Crewe and I would like to thank them for helping me to develop as a player over the past 13 years. "I'm excited about continuing my development with Sir Alex and the world-class players in the squad. "The thought of making the step up to the Premier League next season is an exciting prospect. I can't wait to get started."

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