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Manchester United starlet impressing in loan spell

Manchester United first team place beckons (©GettyImages)
Manchester United first team place beckons (©GettyImages).

Nick Powell has impressed greatly during the early stages of his Wigan Athletic season-long loan from Manchester United.

Last season at United, he played just two league games, scoring ironically on his debut against Wigan Athletic. The form of Michael Carrick, the return of Paul Scholes and the movement of Ryan Giggs into central-midfield limited Powell's first team chances.

He impressed enough to earn a call-up to the England U-21 squad in 2012.

Since his move from Crewe in 2012, he has seemed to surprise astonishingly, given that he had only played in League Two, scoring 14 goals from midfield during his last season at the club and guiding them to promotion.

The loan to Wigan has looked to benefit Powell hugely, with 3 goals in 4 starts. This includes a fantastic strike against NK Maribor to guide Wigan to their first win in European football. Wigan are currently unbeaten in their Europa League group D after a win against Maribor and a scoreless draw against SV Zulte Waregem, but they are yet to play group leaders Rubin Kazan.

Powell has evolved into a comfortable supporting centre-midfielder, aged only 19, he has already 60 league games and scored 16 goals after breaking into the Crewe team at just 16. He has been given a big chance under Owen Coyle who gave chances to Jack Wilshere and Danny Sturridge whilst at Bolton and they have become first team players at Arsenal and Liverpool respectively and also both England internationals.

Coyle himself stated "You want to help young players develop. You think back to when you were a young player and all the help you had from various coaches and managers throughout your career.

"If you can pass on any knowledge and experience to help young players go an have a glittering career, it certainly gives you a good feeling, because maybe you've played a little part in their development.

"It's a win for us getting a quality player like that, a win for Nick because he gets league time at a very high level, and a win for Manchester United. With league time under his belt and European experience, he'll go back there a better player."

Powell is one for the future after already impressing during his time and will only improve his game at aChampionship level. Roy Hodgson and David Moyes will continue to observe avidly. 

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