He made his debut for Crewe on 19 August 2010 in a League Two game against Cheltenham Town, which ended in a 3-2 defeat, coming on as a second half substitute for Clayton Donaldson at the age of 16, becoming the second youngest player to ever appear for Crewe.
Powell scored his first senior goal in a 3-1 away with at AFC Wimbledon on 15 October 2011. In January 2012, Powell was awarded the Football League’s Young Player of the Month Award for December. Powell went on to impress during the 2011-12 season scoring a brace in a 4-3 win over Gillingham and his performances were rewarded at Crewe’s end of season awards ceremony. Powell became the first player to win all five awards, including Goal of the Season, Young Player of the Year and Player of the Year.
On 27 May 2012, Powell scored the most important goal of his career so far, a volley from outside the box into the top corner in the 2-0 victory over Cheltenham Town in the 2012 League Two play-off final to win promotion to League One.
Powell joined Manchester United from Crewe Alexandra on 1 July 2012 in a deal reported to be worth up to £6 million, depending on success and appearances. He was allocated the number 25 shirt which was previously worn by Antonio Valencia, who took the number 7 shirt. On 21 July 2012, Powell played his first match for United, coming on as a second half substitute in a pre season friendly against Ajax Cape Town in South Africa.
Powell has represented England at under-16, under-17 and under-18 levels. On 5 November 2009, he made his debut for the under-16 team in a 4-0 win against Northern Ireland, scoring all four goals. He played in the 2011 UEFA European U-17 Football Championship, where England made it to the semi finals. He made his under-18 debut in a 3-0 win against Poland on 7 March 2012.
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