Sir Alex Ferguson has made his first signing of the close season with the capture of teenage star Nick Powell from Crewe Alexandra.
It is believed the 18-year-old has been courted by Manchester United for some time and will officially join the club on July 1 after signing a four-year deal, for an undisclosed fee.
Powell, who has represented England at U18 level, was named Crewe’s player of the year and fired the winner at Wembley as the Cheshire club won an unlikely promotion to League One through the play-offs.
Ferguson is delighted to have recruited the youngster, and said: “We have scouted Nick for months now. He is an exceptional talent and has been schooled well at Crewe.
“I’m delighted he has chosen to come to United. He has a lot to offer and we are all looking forward to working with him.”
The player is understandably ecstatic to have sealed a move to the most successful domestic club in England.
“It really is a dream come true to be signing for Manchester United,” Powell told the club’s website. “I have had a great time at Crewe and I would like to thank them for helping me to develop as a player over the past 13 years.
"I’m excited about continuing my development with Sir Alex and the world-class players in the squad.
“The thought of making the step up to the Premier League next season is an exciting prospect. I can’t wait to get started.”