“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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