Is Crewe’s Nick Powell really the answer to Man United’s problems?

Sharethematch.com takes a look at Manchester United target Nick Powell and examines Chris Coleman's Wales credentials

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Powell signing shouldn’t be priority for United

Nick Powell may have scored a wonder goal at Wembley to inspire Crewe Alexandra to promotion from League Two but is he really what Manchester United need?

The 18-year-old forward lit up the first half of the play-off final with a sublime strike as United’s chief scout Martin Ferguson looked on, before Byron Moore sealed the win with eight minutes remaining.

United fans will no doubt be licking their lips at the prospect of Powell hitting similar strikes in front of the Stretford End, but another hit-man is not exactly top of the agenda at Old Trafford.

Although Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen are departing this summer, the trio of Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez should be enough to fight it out for a place up-front.

Will Keane has also been ticking along nicely in the Under-18s, winning the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award this season, and could be given a few first-team opportunities next season.

It just seems odd to harm the chances of one of the club’s academy products by bringing in another young striker, but granted Powell does look to have the makings of an exceptional talent.

More pressing though, is the need to spend elsewhere, with ideally two creative midfielders required to reignite a lacklustre United attack.

If reports are to be believed Shinji Kagawa and Eden Hazard could be on their way soon, but until their signatures are secured then Sir Alex Ferguson should keep his wallet in his pocket when it comes to Powell.

Is Chris Coleman the right man for Wales job?

The former Fulham and Coventry City boss has an incredibly tough act to follow after taking over the reins from Gary Speed.

There was a huge outpouring of emotion in the principality when Speed tragically took his own life after turning round a Wales squad that had floundered under John Toshack to produce a young, vibrant, attacking side.

Coleman wasn’t really involved in the side’s first post-Speed match, a disappointing 1-0 defeat by Costa Rica, but Wales were poor in their 2-0 loss to Mexico in New York.

Mexico created a host of chances in the first half, with the Welsh badly missing both Gareth Bale and Joe Ledley.

Coleman needs to act fast to stop two defeats becoming three, four and five and seeing all Speed’s good work come undone.

It would also lead to questions about Coleman’s own pedigree – while he did a decent job at Fulham, subsequent jobs at Real Sociedad, Coventry and Larissa were all a bit of a disaster.

For the new Wales boss, the really hard work starts now.

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