Powell v Rooney - Stats comparison between talented teenager and United's blockbuster forward

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United midfielder and forward Nick Powell has been having a great season with loan side Wigan Athletic.

Powell is on loan at Wigan for the rest of the season, he’s been playing regularly and looks as though he’ll return to Old Trafford next summer as a much better player for the experience.

He’s creating a great contrast against the forward who are regulars in the United first team squad and his stats up against Wayne Rooney demonstrate the effect he’s been having for his loan side.

Both players have been playing very similar roles for their sides at the top of the attack, drifting in between the midfield and behind the main striker.


Powell has made three starts and one sub appearance for Wigan, which is surprising considering that Championship seasons are longer.

Rooney has started more matches in league football this season, starting five games for United in the Premier League and coming off the bench on one occasion.

Goals and Assists

Rooney is also way out in front in terms of goals and assists with three goals and two assists for United this season. Powell has one goal so far this season in the Championship and he’s also registered a single assist.

Both players are having a physical effect on the attack of their sides despite the obvious gap in quality between the Championship and the Premier League.

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This shows that both players are having a solid attacking influence over their respective sides.


Powell is ahead in terms of discipline, which isn’t majorly surprising considering how passionate Rooney can be.

Rooney has been booked on two occasions so far this season while Powell is yet to be shown a card for Wigan.


Powell has some way to go before he gets anywhere near Rooney’s passing skills although in terms of successful passing percentage, there isn’t too much between them; Powell’s on 72.7% compared to Rooney’s 75%.

Rooney is also making more passes per game in the Premier League though Powell has been more effective in terms of key passes.

It's encouraging for United fans that Powell is showing a tendency to get involved in the build up play as opposed to converting himself into a straight up centre forward and nothing more.

Shots per Game

Powell is ahead in terms of shots per game with 3.5 compared to Rooney’s 3 but he has less responsibility, with Rooney having to drop far deeper at times to take a midfield position when his side are under pressure so that slight advantage isn't too surprising.

Rooney has also played more games, which makes his average more impressive.

Ball Control

The stats suggest that Powell has been slightly better so far this season in terms of ball control.

He’s dispossessed 0.5 fewer times than Rooney on average this season and he’s also drawing 0.5 more fouls in key areas.

However, Rooney turns the ball over less on average which isn’t surprising because he’s been more effective in terms of his passing.

Both players have exactly the same average for dribbles per game with 1.5.

Do you expect Powell to play a big role at Old Trafford next season?

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