Uwe Rosler has revealed he has been in touch with his counterpart at Manchester United, as he looks to retain the services of Nick Powell.
The former Crewe Alexandra youngster joined Wigan Athletic on loan in September, and he has gone on to make 14 appearances in the Championship, six in the UEFA Europa League, and one in the League Cup during his temporary spell with the FA Cup holders.
Powell is due back at Old Trafford in the New Year, and as the Reds struggle to keep pace with the frontrunners in the Premier League, it has been suggested that they involve the midfielder in their first team plans when he returns. However, Rosler has revealed that he has been in touch with David Moyes about keeping hold of the 19-year-old.
“I contacted David Moyes at United two days ago to ask about Nick and we will be having a dialogue in the near future,” said the Wigan boss. “I want Nick to stay here until the end of the season. I want to promote a culture of excellent football at Wigan Athletic and players like Nick will flourish here. I hope United see it the same way.”
Powell scored a fine overhead kick as the Latics beat Bolton Wanderers 3-2 on Sunday afternoon, in what was Rosler’s first victory since succeeding the sacked Owen Coyle earlier this month. The Lancashire side are now in 14th position in the second tier, in a season in which they are expected to at least secure a playoff place come May.