Nick Powell: 5 Reasons Why Manchester United Star Can Be the Next Paul Scholes

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Nick Powell: 5 Reasons Why Manchester United Star Can Be the Next Paul Scholes
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Manchester United saw off Wigan in clinical fashion Saturday in a game that marked the start of two players' careers with Manchester United.

While Alexander Buttner was the star of the show, Nick Powell's debut may be more important.

Mark down this time and date—4.36 p.m. GMT on September 15, 2012. It may the moment a future United great began his career.

Before joining United in a £6 million move, Powell learned his trade in the famed Crewe Alexandra Academy.

There was much speculation when he signed about what his role would be in the side and when he would be introduced.

Despite playing primarily as a striker at Crewe, Sir Alex Ferguson saw the youngster as a midfielder.

Some also thought he would be loaned out for a year, but he put that talk to bed just 10 minutes into his debut.

With a drop of the shoulder and a shimmy of the hips, he had sight of goal and unleashed an unstoppable shot.

It was a finish reminiscent of a young Paul Scholes, showing the calmness and ability Scholes exudes to this day.

At 39 years old, Scholes' days at the club are nearing the end, but could United have found the man to replace him?

Here are five reasons why that might be the case.

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