'Exciting... Fantastic...110%' - Former City hero in awe of United starlet

Wigan Athletic manager and Ex-Manchester City star Uwe Rosler heaped praise on Manchester United loan star Nick Powell, after his brace saved The Latics from an FA Cup exit.

Wigan Athletic fans can still believe in reclaiming their trophy at the end of the season, thanks to a two goal cameo from England U21 midfielder Nick Powell.

MK Dons started the brighter team and it wasn't long until they got their reward and opening goal. Former Manchester United forgotten man Luke Chadwick, found space in the box and was able to slot the ball past Oman international goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi putting the Dons 1-0 up. The home side remained the more dominant too and should have perhaps added more goals to their opener.

Former Man City striker Uwe Rosler swung the game back in his team's favour by bringing on midfield starlet Nick Powell in the 60th minute.

It took him only 19 minutes to put Wigan back on level terms, showing superb movement to get onto the end of a brilliant McCann cross and calmly finishing from close range.

But, the best was yet to come and his second coming in the first few minutes of extra-time was truly one to saviour. A driving run that left MK Don's defenders in his wake, followed by a cultured chip over Martin putting visitors in the lead for the first time.

And when Espinoza set up Fortune up with just 10 yards between him and the goal, he finished superbly to kill the game off.

After the game, 176 games and 64 goals for City couldn't stop the Wigan manager admitting just how good United's loan star can be.

''Nick is a player that excites me because he can play everywhere.

''At Man United he was one of the midfield players. Today he came on as one of the midfielders, then I played him upfront and, in many games, i've played him from a wider position coming in.

''I can also play him when I need him as a number nine because he has a fantastic physique and technique.

''Every time he plays for me, he gives me 110% and he was fantastic tonight.''

The progress of Nick Powell is something of note for David Moyes and some reports suggest that he could even bring the player back early to help their fight for a Champions League place.

Although relatively unproven in the Premier League, it's not difficult to see that the former Crewe man does have star quality and could aid United in their end of season push. 

image: © Mick Baker

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