Manchester United youngster Nick Powell made history last night as he netted Wigan's first ever European goal in a 2-0 win against Slovenian champions Maribor.
In the 90th minute he added his second of the night to make the score 3-1. The other goal came from Ben Watson, who famously scored in last season's FA Cup final victory over Manchester City.
Powell was signed from Crewe Alexandra at the beginning of the 2012-13 season by former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. He only made two league appearances, but that didn't stop him from scoring a brilliant goal - ironically against Wigan - in a game that United won 4-0.
The England Under-21 international received the ball from Javier Hernandez, wrong footed Gary Caldwell and then sweetly struck the ball on the edge of the area; goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi had no chance.
Powell has already gained a reputation for being an adept scorer from outside the area. The young starlet burst onto the scene when he scored a 30-yard goal against Gillingham, when playing for his first club, Crewe. Powell managed to score 16 goals in 41 games in his final season for Crewe, including the goal that sent the side into League One.
It was understandable that the 19-year-old was loaned out this season; he needs time on the pitch to gain experience.
However, it is clear that he has brilliant goalscoring ability, as well as a creativity that Manchester United are currently lacking.
Many pundits were baffled by David Moyes' signing of Marouane Fellaini, he is not a player that United need. Instead, the Red Devils are in desperate need of a player who can fill the void that was left by Paul Scholes, who retired last season.
Moyes was unsuccessful in his pursuit of Cesc Fabregas, a player who would have provided the attributes that the side needed and still needs.
Whilst Powell is young and lacking in experience, he definitely deserves time in United's first XI next season, and the subsequent time to prove that he is the player that Manchester United have been looking for.
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