Hull City boss Steve Bruce believes he may not sign Nick Powell on a permanent deal in the summer because Manchester United are ready to offer the midfielder a new deal despite his struggles to fit at Old Trafford.
Powell was sent to join the Tigers on a loan deal on the transfer deadline day in January and has yet to feature for the Championship leaders.
Powell, who will stay with the Tigers for the remainder of the season, he reportedly eager to prove he is capable to of earning a place with his parent club.
And Bruce has moved to reveal that United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has faith in the 21 year old.
“Manchester United have kept their options open and because he’s under 24 they can do. I don’t know if they’ve closed the door on him or not but maybe the key is what he does here between now and the end of the season. Mike Phelan knows him well and, of course, I spoke with Ryan Giggs at length about him. It’s fair to say that Ryan really likes him as a player.”
The midfielder has made just nine competitive appearances for the Red Devils in the three-and-half year since he joined the club, including this season’s defeats to Bournemouth and Wolfsburg.
After failing to meet expectations, the midfielder was sent to Wigan on loan (where he had a successful spell), and now Bruce believes he is a good asset that they are yet to make good use of.
“He’s only trained three times so we’re still seeing how he is physically. We have to manage him because it would be wrong of me to just throw him in if he’s not ready.
“He will enhance us, I’m sure of that. He’s already shown us in training why people have paid big money for him.
“You only have to watch him for a short while. He handles the ball well, he’s 6ft 2in, he’s quick, he’s got a lot of attributes that make a very good player.”