Fergie praise is amazing but there will never be another Scholes, says Powell
10:50 GMT, 26 September 2012
Nick Powell admits it was 'amazing' to be identified by Sir Alex Ferguson as the future successor to Paul Scholes but doubts anyone will ever replace the veteran midfielder at Manchester United.
The 18-year-old arrived at Old Trafford in the summer for 6million from Crewe and marked his debut with a stunning strike in the 4-0 Premier League win over Wigan.
Training day: Nick Powell (No 25) is hoping to impress against Newcastle in the Capital One Cup
The England Under 19 international will get another chance to impress boss Ferguson in the Capital Cup third round tie against Newcastle, where Powell hopes he can provide another exciting glimpse for the future.
'For someone like him [Ferguson] to say he thinks you can do that is amazing to hear,' said Powell, speaking to United Review.
'The expectations of you are there, but it’s fulfilling those expectations which is the challenge, especially when you consider that there will probably never be another Scholes.
'What he has achieved in his career is more than most people can dream of – to achieve even half of what he has would be brilliant. Hopefully I’m on the right path.'
Happy: Powell admits Sir Alex Ferguson's praise for him was 'amazing'
Both sides are expected to make wholesale changes but Powell believes United will have their work cut out against a hungry Newcastle side.
'It will definitely be a good test for us,' said United's No 25.
'Newcastle did really well last year and were pushing for a top-four place. They’re a good side. It’ll be a great experience for whoever is playing this evening and a tough challenge.
'If I’m involved, I hope it’s one I can rise to. If I get my chance, I'm determined to take it with both hands.'