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Powell: United Fans Are Great

Nick Powell joined Shinji Kagawa, Robin van Persie and Alexander Büttner as a new signing to score on his home debut after a great strike against Wigan.

“It was great to make my debut,” he told MUTV. “To then cap it off with a goal is what I’ve been working for. 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. My dad will keep me in touch, I’ll tell you that. I’m just going to go home, have this great feeling and I’ll keep myself on the ground.”

Powell joined us from Crewe this summer and was subbed on for the last 20 minutes. There were over 75,000 people at Old Trafford on Saturday which is a big change from the crowds he has been used to playing in front of.

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

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Bobby Charlton's combover says:

    Glad to see he’s part of the first team squad and is going to get some minutes as opposed to being loaned out. That type of experience will be invaluable to him and it shows the faith United have in him.

  2. ClaytonBlackmoresTan says:

    Are you watching Paul Pogba? And how’s your manager?

    Welcome to the theatre Nicky son.

  3. Robin van Gora says:

    At least his parents seem sensible. Alwsays good to have a dad that keeps you grounded. Tomorrows line up will very much be inflienced by the dippers game. I think we might see rvp from the bench thats if we really need him otherwise would go with chica upfront with the kag behind him. Rio might not play, think evans and vida will play. Worried about rafa , he is playing too many games without a cover, so an injury will be detrimental.

  4. DreadedRed says:

    Many of us fans are great Nick Powell, perhaps even most of us.

    However, you will be attacked, assailed and assaulted by many morons claiming to be United supporters. They will latch onto any and every error you make, and roundly castigate you viciously and self-righteously.

    And then there’s the ABU. Every move you make will be seen in a negative light. This is part-and-parcel of being a United player. It goes with the territory. Keep your chin up and your reactions mute. Take the rough with the smooth. Prove detractors wrong by applying yourself resolutely and performing when it counts.

    Good luck son!

  5. kanchelskis says:

    Let’s hope our impoved depth up front this season means we can put a few more ‘easy’ games to bed early this season with our backup strikers, and then give the likes of Powell, and maybe even Tunnicliffe, runouts in the first team. Makes the process of integration so much easier if they’ve tasted the atmosphere and the intensity at that level, but without the pressure of having to go out and win a game.

  6. Zibbie says:

    GO NICK KA-POWELL!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Giles Oakley says:

    What a fabulous goal from Nick Powell, worthy of a Bobby Charlton, and what a way to mark your entrance as a Manchester United player, and all at the age of 18, in the great tradition of the Babes and ‘the kids’. He seems a well-grounded young man and let us hope he isn’t struck with the dreaded United injury jinx. Great kid, great attitude, now it’s up to us to give him the right sort of support.

  8. samriley9 says:

    go on lad, and yeh we are mint you’re right.

  9. Zibbie says:

    Sir Giles , great to see your words of enlightenment.

  10. The Left Bank says:

    I noticed that according to some newspapers that SAF actually compared Powell to a Scholes like player. SAF doesn’t invite such comparisons unless he is sure that the player in question has every chance of fulfilling such potential or coming close to being near the legend that is Scholes. \

    I’m very excited by this lad. He’s only 18 and it’s wonderful to think what kind of player he will mature into. The early signs are good from the way Powell goes about his training.

    I think SAF is handing over a nucleus of players that will serve the next manager when SAF finally calls it a day on his illustrious career.

  11. Zibbie says:

    Goat, much respect for you on the last thread!

  12. utd_fc says:

    He is a very good attacking player. Needs to start off a bit deeper to get a feel of the game which is exactly what Fergie is doing with him. Have him play center midfield which is where he will learn the most. It is the most crucial part of the game I feel as those who can succeed in the midfield will have half the game won already. Get to it Powell and learn well! Show us what you’ve got

  13. parryheid says:

    I would like to think that when Sir Alex obviously bumped into Pep in New York by chance,some mention of his incoming players and their progress were the topic of the chat between them.Guess that means I think Guardiola will be the incoming manager.Just saying like.

  14. DreadedRed says:

    Jol admits to tapping up Berbatov:

    “I asked him a few months ago when [Man Utd] beat us 5-0 … I said ‘maybe you can play for us’ but he said ‘no’. So it was very nice that he said yes after a couple of months.”

  15. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    Excellent goal from young nick. He’s gonna be a really good player in the future. Can;t wait to see more of him in the carling cup games.

  16. DreadedRed says:

    Mark Hughes says: “Fabio has pulled his hamstring and will be out for a number of weeks”

  17. samuel - united WE stand says:

    He’s similar to scholes in terms of their wonderful technique. Nick has every tool to develop into a great midfielder. He has vision to carve teams open, great passer, can score brilliant long range thumping goals, he can time runs and get at the end of a cross or pass, his touch is graceful like most potentjally top players, he can surge through the middle and is very composed. All characteristics of a younger ginger ninja but he has a physical advantage over the golden maestro, he looks like he’ll turn into an imposimg orchestrator of the midfield to add to his general classy play. The potential is huge, he can hopefully reach the highest level as all aspects of his ability develop. Pressure won’t and shouldn’t be tagged on him.

  18. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Parry – I think it’s more you wanting pep badly than any meeting that involves personal information of the team being passed on to another manager.

  19. Proverb says:

    Powell has got great ability and potential
    Its still early days but according to fergie nick was obviously bought as a replacement for Scholes
    But the question is, will he be able to improve before scholesy retires? He’s a great talent, theres no doubt about that, he got a terrific shot in him, he’s strong technically sound but the question still remains
    Will he be able to dictate play like scholes?
    Clearly not, but he’s the sort of midfielder we have been craving, someone who can effectively whack a shot at goal from distance….
    I think he has a lot of qualities but time will tell
    At 18 he still has a lot of years to improve and perfect.
    Great kind attitude wise
    Bright future, it really brings a smile watching this kids give their all for the team :)

  20. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Really like this kid. But sssheeesh the manager didn’t do him any favors saying he could take over from Scholesy! Talk about upping the pressure!

    SAF: ‘Nick Powell is going to be a really good player. He has a great temperament, is two-footed and quick. He is a good physical specimen and has terrific vision.
    ‘We hope Powell fills Paul Scholes’ boots’ 8O

    KEY STAT: Powell is presently 699 United appearances and 154 goals behind Scholes following his scoring debut :lol:

  21. Proverb says:

    Great (kid)

  22. Proverb says:

    Nick Powell says he won’t get carried away by Manchester United debut goal

  23. evisu says:

    Powell seems to have what TC don’t. A good shoot, thats something i’ve never seen TC manage. I actually have more faith in this kid than TC, but i sure hope both can grow and become pillars of United midfielder. Powell’s passing seems a little bit shaky but like he said, going from 5k to 75k in the stands is a huge deal. Hope he keeps his feet on the ground and work hard in traning, nothing is set in stone when you play for mighty Manchester United.

    Off topic, after watching Paul Scholes score another goal I just had to watch this tribute again. Always brings a tear into my eye, what a fucking fantastic footballer and human being. There will _never_ be another Paul Scholes, United have been so blessed having him around for so long..


  24. parryheid says:

    samuel united-We stand

    Just musing,don’t worry about.Just treating myself.

  25. Giles Oakley says:

    Evisu, many thanks for the link to that wonderful Paul Scholes tribute, which I’d not seen before. I sat watching with a smile of deep affection for the ginger genius throughout. He’s been such a brilliant player for United and he’s up there in very rarified company among the very greatest ever to play for the club. So many happy memories, so many wonderful goals, so many glorious passes, long , short, forward, back, sideways, pop, pop, pop, and then bang, it’s in the back of the net. Thanks for everything that’s been, and all that’s to come, Sir Paul.

  26. Stretfordborn says:

    Dario gradi, one of the greats of football! Brings through great players from youth, thank you for Powell

  27. LoneStarRed says:


    Well said. The fans are fickle indeed.

    @ LeftBank
    I am encouraged by SAF’s public assessment of Powell. That means he believes young Powell can handle the pressure and use it for positive motivation.

  28. LoneStarRed says:

    @ Proverb
    Powell need not be a “direct successor” to Scholesy. He has plenty of older players around him to help carry United forward without undue pressure on him solely.

    Wow. What a difference from last year!

  29. CyRed says:

    Handle the pressure may be but here we r talking asking a kid to emulate a giant of the game; Let’s all avoid any kind of pressure on young nick or any of the other kids coming thru now for that matter; anyway, SAF knows.

  30. evisu says:

    @Giles Oakley glad too be at service, you should check out his other videos, he has done some really nice one. There is a Giggs tribute also!

  31. veek says:

    anyone still bitching about a lack of midfield signings?

  32. parryheid says:

    That’l be me,got a problem with that?


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