12/07/2012 13:30, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Powell: My first week

done the ‘boxes’ as well although I got nutmegged on my first day!  Scholesy is the best player at boxes by a country mile. He’s an unbelievable trainer. It’s amazing to see how everyone wants to win at this club even in training. That’s great for me because it’ll help me push on. It was much more relaxed at Crewe and you felt in a comfort zone there, but now I’m here I know I have to work hard every day and be at my best. Having that challenge will only help me progress.

How was your first meeting with Sir Alex?
[Laughs] It was a bit daunting, but he’s a really nice person and he was one of the main reasons why I wanted to come here. He told me things are in my own hands in terms of how I do and how far I can go here and he told me I’d get my chance if I proved myself. I hope I can do that.

Have you set yourself any particular targets?
I have, yes, but I don’t want to say what they are at the moment!

How much are you looking forward to going on tour?
It’ll be great and it’ll be nice to spend some time with the lads and get to know everyone properly. I’m excited to be going to some different countries as well. We didn’t go anywhere with Crewe last summer and now I’m going to South Africa and China – I can’t wait.

Have the other players told you about what to expect on tour when it comes to the fan reaction?
Yeah they’ve said that you can’t really move in China because there are so many fans everywhere. I think it’ll show me how big this club is on a worldwide scale. I’ve never been outside England with Crewe so to see how many fans United have in different countries will be brilliant.

You must be desperate to just get out there and play now…
Absolutely. I’ve proved myself at a certain level but I want to prove myself here at the top level. I hope I can do well.

Do you see yourself more as a midfielder or a forward?
I prefer to be called a midfielder, but I guess you could say I’m an attacking midfielder. I’m just a player who tries to create things and looks for holes to try and go forward into.

You ended last season with a trophy for Crewe in the League Two play-off – has that given you a taste for more?

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