Crewe chief Gradi: Man Utd signing Powell pure matchwinner

Crewe Alexandra coaching legend Dario Gradi is delighted for Nick Powell over his move to Manchester United. Gradi helped bring Powell through at Gresty Road.

Crewe Alexandra coaching legend Dario Gradi is delighted for Nick Powell over his move to Manchester United.

Gradi helped bring Powell through at Gresty Road.

"Nick Powell is a match winner," Gradi told MUTV. "He doesn't rely on other people to make the goals for him. He's not a six-yard box player. In fact, we've been trying to encourage him to get in that six-yard box more. But he picks the ball up, runs at people and finishes with a goal. He wins matches on his own.

"I used to watch him in Crewe's Under-16s, training on a Monday night, and he'd hit them in from everywhere. When he joined us and came with the first team, he was a little more reluctant to do that. Perhaps he lost a bit of confidence doing that and he was playing in a more central role for England, where he was passing the ball.

"We managed to persuade him not to do that if you can score. Don't become a 'steady Eddie' if you can become a special player. He scored a terrific goal at Wimbledon for us and it reminded us of the goals he used to score for the Under-16s, going on from there to score some terrific goals."

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