When comparing these two prodigious talents the similarities are clear.
Both are soaked in natural talent and have the ability to destroy an opponent with their deadly artistry. The two teenagers are both blessed with a stunning football intelligence that professionals many years their senior would love to possess.
Nick Powell made his way into football in the famed youth academy at Crewe Alexandra, joining them at just five years old. A local boy, Powell burst on to the scene in 2011, scoring 14 times in 38 league matches, firing his team to the play-offs. His stunning strike at Wembley took Crewe to a glorious promotion.
It was only several months ago that Powell was considered the true outstanding prospect in United's teenage ranks before the explosive entrance of Adnan Januzaj this season. The young Belgian had shown his class in the reserve team last year, but his rise to stardom in 2013 has been swift and emphatic.
Powell needed game time after being used sparingly by Sir Alex Ferguson in his first season, but Januzaj has sparkled in the first team recently, proving that if you are good enough then you are old enough, as the "Class of 92" also once proved.
The player's form for Wigan this season has shown that he is a Premier League footballer in waiting, after scoring a number of wonderful strikes and consistently terrorizing Championship defences.
Powell is going to be a really good player who, we hope, will fill Paul Scholes's boots in terms of he's got terrific vision, good temperament, two great feet, is quick and is a great striker of the ball
The impression made by Januzaj has given all of United's young players a shot in the arm in terms of possible selection for the first team.
The Belgian teenager has been sensational for the Red Devils. A player blessed with the balance of Kaka and an ability to ghost past defenders, he has been Moyes' biggest individual success so far.
So could Powell be the next one?
Januzaj's influence on the game against West Ham was clear. His position on the left is merely his starting point. His motivation to be mobile and involved constantly are shown by his dynamic heat map. He covers as much turf as he can, making him impossible to mark.
I think he can.
Powell is the type of player that United need in midfield with immediate effect. The functionality of Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley and Ryan Giggs is obvious. Marouane Fellaini now faces six weeks out after his wrist operation, and Anderson looks like a former player already. The return of Darren Fletcher is a boost, but his fitness will always be in question.
If Moyes cannot find the type of midfielder he needs during the January transfer window, he has a fantastic option in being able to recall Powell.
What should Manchester United do with Nick Powell now?
If Januzaj can tread the boards of the Premier League and look completely at home, there are few obstacles that could stop Powell matching his initial achievements.
Moyes needs to find his "new Scholes" fast, and he may just find the solution waiting in the boots of one of his current Manchester United starlets.