"I think Nick is going to be a very good signing. I've watched him a few times in the flesh and I've been very impressed with what I've seen. He has good all-round ability - he's very astute, quite quick, he can play a pass and he knows where the goal is, but the biggest thing for me is his awareness of what's happening around him on the pitch."

- Ex-United striker Andy Ritchie

13/06/2012 14:56, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Fans hail Powell capture

United fans on our message board have expressed their delight at the recruitment of Nick Powell from Crewe Alexandra. Talking Reds users are excited about the 18-year-old attacker's arrival and have high hopes of a big future for him at Old Trafford...

"I truly believe Nick will be a star having watched him play for Crewe last season. Best player outside the Premeir League by a clear mile in my view."

"Brilliant signing. This boy looks the business - big, strong, good feet, fair pace and at 18 he has plenty of time to develop. He's come to the right club to develop further."

"I'm very excited about this signing. I can't wait to see him play. I believe we have signed a real gem and I think he'll be a world-beater in a couple of years."

"Great to see Sir Alex investing in homegrown talent and finding a fantastic value-for-money foreign player in Kagawa. The manager is mixing it very well."

"Strangely enough I followed Nick every Saturday on 'The Football League Show' and he really stood out. He has huge potential and even though he's young he's no pushover by any means. His lack of experience is only going to make him want it more and I'm sure Sir Alex will see that in training from his first day."

"I'm glad we've signed Nick and and I expect to him to be part of our pool of strikers, probably as fourth choice striker to replace the injured Will Keane."

"This is brilliant planning for the future. He is an exceptionally talented midfielder and he will thrive at OT."

"We have added another talented young player to our squad - this signing is what this club does best (as well as win trophies). Nick seems to have the ability and mindset to become a great player for us and England in the future. I'd like to wish him the best of luck at Manchester United."

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