Nick Powell has revealed that he wanted to leave Manchester United in order to secure more game time.
Powell completed a loan move to Hull City on loan for the rest of the season in the final hours of transfer deadline day.
The youngster had made two cameo appearances from the substitute’s bench against Wolfsburg and Bournemouth under Louis van Gaal this term but he found opportunities hard to come by during his time at Old Trafford.
When asked if he had spoken with van Gaal about a loan move, Powell said: ”Bits and bobs. Mainly, it was personal reasons. I wanted to get more game time. I haven’t played in a long time, I’ve been injured quite a lot, hopefully that’s past me and I’m striving to get more games and play football again.
“I’ve been training last couple of months so it’s time to get some games now.”
On linking up with Hull boss Steve Bruce, Powell added: ”I talked to the gaffer, the ambitions are good, so I’m 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’s what I want to be, top of any league so it was a win-win. Yeah, any time would have been good [to leave on loan], everybody needs games. I’m happy Steve’s come in and offered me that, so it’s a good move.”
Powell showed promise when he joined United from Crewe Alexandra in 2012 but his career at the club deteriorated thanks to injury and ill-discipline.
United have now let go of Powell and Victor Valdes during this transfer window and they will be keen to draw a line under the affairs. Although United haven’t brought anyone in, it is good that they have removed some of the deadwood in the squad.