Nick Powell took centre stage once again last night with a match winning brace after coming off the bench was enough to help Wigan progress to the next round of the FA Cup.
The 19-year-old’s goal tally is now ten goals in 26 appearances for Wigan and he keeps going from strength to strength in what has been a whirlwind season for him.
Powell changed the game from his midfield position and his introduction was the inspiration behind Wigan’s win, something which manager Uwe Rosler recognises but he insisted Powell would be used carefully so as to avoid burnout.
“Don’t forgot, Nick is 19 years old and has played a lot of football already,” Rosler told the BBC.
“I have to be very careful and make sure we don’t burn him out.
“Nick is getting an enormous amount of experience in the Championship in a team that will now fight for the play-offs.
“We speak regularly. David Moyes knows me very well. He knows his players will be well looked after. We agreed we’ll have another talk in the last week of January. The player is happy, David is happy and I’m very happy. So I hope it continues.” Uwe Rosler
“He didn’t start today but came on and looked very fresh and gave us what we needed.”
Powell’s progress has been nothing short of phenomenal and Moyes must be licking his lips at the prospect of having him back at United. He has seen the rewards of giving a youngster a chance through Adnan Januzaj and Powell is surely one of the next in line to receive that treatment.
Enough of this ‘he isn’t ready’ bollocks. Last season, Powell took to life at United like a duck to water and immediately settled down – Rio Ferdinand was surprised by how confident he was straight away and it came across in his football. Not even a Champions League debut away to Galatasaray daunted him as he was one of our best players on the night.
Next year, he is going to walk straight into our first team squad and if he can maintain this level of performance, he’d have a stake at claiming a midfield starting berth at United.
Rosler continued: “I feel after this season Manchester United will get a player back with more experience. That can only be good for everybody involved.
“What excites me about Nick is he can play everywhere. He came on as a midfielder, then I put him up front and in many games I play him in a wide position coming inside and I can play him as a number nine because he has a tremendous physique.”
It’s hard not to get excited about Powell. Ever since his stunning goal in the Championship play-off final, Powell has got people dreaming about what he could be if he fulfills his potential and the way things have gone so far, United have someone who is ready to fill Paul Scholes’ boots which Sir Alex Ferguson pre-empted.