“It’s a competition I’ve always dreamed of playing in”

by Sam Peoples

Nick Powell had a debut to remember for Manchester United after coming on against Wigan at the weekend and netting a stunning goal from outside the box to make it 4-0.

The 18-year-old summer signing from Crewe Alexandra looks a fine prospect and ahead of Manchester United’s Champions League curtain raiser, he has spoken of his life long dream of playing in the competition.

Speaking to Manutd.com, he said:“ Growing up I always watched a lot of United in the competition and I can’t wait to be involved – it’s one of the biggest competitions around.

“It’s a competition I’ve dreamt of playing in. When you watch the likes of United, Real Madrid and Barcelona, you want to play against them because they’re the best in the world.” Nick Powell

“Obviously everyone wants to win the Premier League, but being the best in Europe would be a great thing.

“The team want to improve after what happened last season and we’ll all be pushing hard to do well.

“I’m just looking forward to experiencing the whole atmosphere of the games. You can get a lot of lively atmospheres in Europe – I’ve heard all about the Galatasaray fans and how much noise they make. Hopefully it will be a good game on Wednesday.”

After his cameo performance against Wigan, Sir Alex Ferguson might be ready to throw him in the deep end against Galatasaray tonight.

It would represent a jump from League Two to the Champions League for the youngster in the space of 12 months – a real testament to the talent he possesses.

Lauded by Sir Alex Ferguson as the possible Paul Scholes replacement, he hasn’t done himself any harm with his professional and mature approach so far and hopefully we can watch the rise of a future star at Manchester United this season.

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