Sir Alex Ferguson has praised the performance of 18-year-old Nick Powell, after the midfielder scored on his Premier League debut in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Wigan, The Oldham Evening Chronicle reports.
Powell came on as a second-half substitute for Ryan Giggs and scored the Reds Devils’ final goal with a long-range strike from outside the area.
Ferguson was keen to highlight the maturity of Powell and how his attributes will help the team progress in years to come.
“Nick Powell is going to be a really good player. He has a great temperament. He has two feet and is quick. He is a great striker of the ball. For an 18–year–old boy it has been a terrific day,” said Ferguson
Alexander Buttner also scored on his debut for the club after Javier Hernandez’s second and Paul Scholes’ opener.
Scholes netted on his 700th Manchester United appearance, causing Sir Alex to wax lyrical about the midfielder’s qualities.
“That is what we always remember about Paul, the way he ghosts into the penalty box.
“Now he has scored on his 100th, 300th, 400th, 500th and 700th appearances. It is fantastic,” Ferguson added.
The match at Old Trafford was full of milestones as it was the Scotsman’s 500th home League game in charge, while Rio Ferdinand made his 400th appearance and Ryan Giggs played in his 600th Premier League game.