Finally, the Crewe Alexandra star Nick Powell made his debut for Manchester United in the 4-0 win over Wigan at Old Trafford this weekend. Powell was introduced as a substitute in a game which marked the milestone achievements of the United legends with Paul Scholes, 37, giving his 700th performance in the Red devils shirt, Rio Ferdinand his 400th and Ryan Giggs played his 600th premier league game.
Powell was quick, showed good feet and passing and was a treat to watch. He scored in the 82nd minute cutting through the defence of Wigan and fired in a cracking shot from 20 yards out straight into the wigan net. He replaced none other than Paul Scholes in the 71st minute who scored the opening goal of the match and Powell himself scored the 4th and the final goal thus making it a bloodlust and a perfect start for the Red devils to a tough week ahead with Champions league match against Galastaray and the masterpiece being the United - Liverpool derby at Anfield next weekend.
According to www.manutd.com , boss Ferguson said: "Nick Powell is going to be a good player who, we hope, will fill Paul Scholes' boots in terms of he's got terrific vision, good temperament, two great feet, is quick and strikes the ball well."
Powell, the 4 million pounds buy from Crewe has had a delayed start to his career but made an impressive introduction right in his first match. The man who used to play in front of just 5000 people admitted after the match that he got goosebumps after seeing such a big crowd and there was nothing wrong in being a bit nervous. Powell said: "When I first came on it scared me as I'm only used to 5,000 people now and then, but it's a great atmosphere. It's nice to make my debut. To then cap it off with a goal is what I've been working for."
Sir Alex Ferguson believes him to be the perfect replacement for Paul Scholes who many regard to be the best midfielder in the English Premier league. But the sense of vision and the quick feet, passing and Scholes like temperament and easiness that Powell showed in the game was quite appreciable. Who knows he might be the perfect alias to Scholes and does wonder for United in the years to come.