Nick Powell's Dream Manchester United Debut

By: Elaine Brand |
18/09/12 |
Nick Powell

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Nick Powell capped a dream Manchester United debut with a goal and then said his Dad will make sure he keeps his feet firmly on the ground.

The former Crewe Alexandra man who was last season’s League Two Apprentice of the Year, scored United’s fourth goal in the 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

But he insists that the key is just to build on his good start and not get too big for his boots.

“It was great to make my debut. To then cap it off with a goal is what I’ve been working for,” Powell told MUTV.

“Dario (Gradi, Crewe’s Director of Football) used to say my game isn’t just attacking and defending, it’s about goals as well and I proved that last season and hopefully I can do that for United.”

The 18-year-old midfielder replaced Ryan Giggs in the 71st minute of the game and scored 11 minutes later in front of a crowd of 75,142 and he admits that playing in front of such an audience will take some getting used to.

“When I first came on it scared me a little bit to be fair, because I’m only used to 5,000 people now and then, but it’s a great atmosphere – the fans are great.”

“It wasn’t the hardest game because they made it easier for me but I’m happy to be on the pitch getting minutes.”

Far from getting carried away Powell insists that he will keep his feet on the ground and continue learning from his elder peers.

“My Dad will keep me in touch, I’ll tell you that and I’ll keep myself on the ground. I learn every day, especially from the midfielders – Scholes, Carrick, Giggsy – they’re all great, they’ve all been through it and won trophies. That’s what I want to do, so I hope to learn off them.”