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Gradi insists Powell will fight back from Man Utd axe

Crewe chief Dario Gradi is confident Nick Powell will bounce back from his Manchester United axe.

Powell, who was handed his pro debut as a 16-year-old by Gradi in 2010, was one of the country's hottest prospects when he joined United from the Alex in 2012.

"He still has time to have a very good career," Crewe director of football Gradi told BBC Stoke.

"It's a shame he has been so unlucky with injuries but he is still young.

"He may have to adjust and adapt his game but he is a match-winner.

"I know he's struggled physically over the last few seasons but if a club can get him fit and running around again, then he has incredible ability.

"If he'd remained injury free and [Sir] Alex [Ferguson] had stayed at Manchester United then I'm sure he would have been challenging for an England place.

"He is certainly good enough."

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