Powell made his first first-team appearance in 14 months against Wolfsburg earlier this month after replacing Juan Mata in a move that baffled supporters.
The 22-year-old then featured against Bournemouth this week as a late substitute. He was unable to help his side on both occasions as they suffered back-to-back defeats.
“I know he played in midfield when he was younger. He is a good footballer he has got a lot to his game. Good feet, good range of passing, he is strong, he can head it, he can and he can score,” Joyce said.
“There is a lot of things that can be utilised. It depends on the manager’s choice as for him and the things you ask him to do.
“You can do a lot with him. He can lead the line, I’ve seen him play wide. At Wigan he did particularly well. He has played centre-midfield but not as many times, but he’s got the capabilities to play there as well.”
While it doesn’t look like Powell is good enough to feature in the first-team on a consistent basis, he deserves credit for his comeback following an injury hit period at Old Trafford.
The way that Powell has been thrown in at the deep end is damning of van Gaal’s small squad and the player should not be criticised too harshly. He enjoyed a memorable performance for United’s U21 side against Leicester City this week and he will be hopeful of featuring in the squad against Norwich City this weekend.