Nick Powell has explained his deadline day move from Manchester United to Hull City was for personal reasons. Powell, 21, joined the Tigers until the end of the season in the final hours of the January transfer window. With his contract at Old Trafford set to expire in the summer, he may have already played his last game for the club.
The Crewe Alexandra graduate returned from a lengthy lay-off in November 2015 and was bizarrely thrown into the first-team on two occasions by Louis van Gaal from the subs' bench, despite his lack of match fitness.
United suggested at the beginning of January Powell was struggling with a calf strain, but the forward says he has been training consistently since returning from injury late last year. But having not featured in the United squad since his ill-fated appearance off the bench against Bournemouth in December, he is determined to make up for lost time at the KC Stadium.
When asked about his loan move, Powell told Hull's official website: "It was personal reasons. I wanted to get more game-time. I haven't played in a long time, I have been injured quite a lot, hopefully that's past me and I am striving to get more games and play football again. I have been training the last couple of months so it is time to get some games now. "
Powell added he has been promised the first-team opportunities he craves by Hull boss and former United star Steve Bruce, as the club chase promotion back to the Premier League.
"I talked to the gaffer, the ambitions are good, so I am glad to be a part of that and get some games. He just said to me I'll play games, the lads are good, the atmosphere is good, pushing for promotion. It is what I want to be, top of any league so it is a win-win."