Manchester United have announced the signing of Nick Powell from League One club Crewe Alexandra. The highly-rated 18-year old midfielder has signed a four-year deal with the Red Devils after passing a medical and is thrilled to be realising a boyhood dream.

"It really is a dream come true to be signing for Manchester United," he told the club's official website.

"I have had a great time at Crewe and I would like to thank them for helping me to develop as a player over the past 13 years.

"I'm excited about continuing my development with Sir Alex (Ferguson) and the world-class players in the squad.

"The thought of making the step up to the Premier League next season is an exciting prospect. I can't wait to get started."

Ferguson added of the Crewe Academy product: "We have scouted Nick for months now. He is an exceptional talent and has been schooled well at Crewe.

"I'm delighted he has chosen to come to United. He has a lot to offer and we are all looking forward to working with him."

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