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Manchester United youngster enjoying European experience

Powell has scored three goals in two Europa League games. (©GettyImages)
Powell has scored three goals in two Europa League games. (©GettyImages).

Manchester United's on-loan midfielder Nick Powell thinks his European experience with Wigan will benefit him when he returns to his parent club.

The former Crewe player has been on fire for the Latics in their European campaign, netting three goals in two games.

The 19-year-old's goal in the 1-1 draw with Rubin Kazan leaves the Latics on course to qualify for the knock-out stages.

With an experienced squad ahead of him at Old Trafford, new United manager David Moyes let Powell join the Championship on loan.

And despite several impressive performances, Powell is realistic about his overall contribution at the club so far:

"My overall assessment of my time with Wigan would be average so far - I've had a couple of good games, a couple of bad ones and a couple that have been all right," he said to SkySports.

"I'm still getting my fitness back and I need to get my sharpness.

"I've come on loan to get games and I'm happy to be doing that and contributing to the team."

Powell's goals this season have come in European competition and whilst they remain unbeaten and impressive in the Europa League, their league performances have been less convincing.

Owen Coyle's side - tipped for promotion before the season started - currently languish in 13th position, 14 points away from Burnley in first.

The United youngster is keen to start finding the net in the league, but is hopeful that his European performances can aid him at Old Trafford.

"I've managed to get my goals in Europe rather than the league and I think I need to start scoring in the league because we are not getting the points we need.

"But it (Europe) helps me especially considering United are in Europe.

"Hopefully I will get back to United playing in Europe. Everyone wants to play in Europe, whether it's the Europa League or Champions League."

Powell believes Wigan have been unlucky so far and points to fixture congestion, injuries, and the sale of James McCarthy as reasons for their current league position.

"It is a difficult one because we have been in so many competitions already and we play catch-up in the league," he said.

"But our aim is the same: we want to be there challenging at the end of the season to get back into the Premier League, which we will be as I've seen nothing to suggest we won't be, and we also want to qualify from the Europa League group.

"We have not been blessed with luck with the injury of Shaun Maloney (ruled out for several months with a hip problem) and the sale of James McCarthy 10 minutes before the transfer deadline.

"At our level it is very difficult to replace the likes of Maloney and McCarthy but we will certainly look to do that in January when the window opens and we can spend that money (£13million from McCarthy's sale to Everton)."

Wigan face struggling Charlton Athletic in their next league fixture.

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