Manchester United youngster Nick Powell scored his third European goal of the season for Wigan Athletic on Thursday, netting the equalizer in a gutsy 1-1 draw with Rubin Kazan at the DW Stadium.
The 19-year-old converted from 20 yards after 39 minutes of the Europa League match, cancelling out Aleksandr Prudnikov's clinical opener. A cagey match followed, though Marc Antoine Fortune did miss a chance to seal a famous win in added time.
The draw leaves the Latics second in Group D with five points from three matches, a promising total for last season’s FA Cup winners. Three of those points were inspired by Powell’s two-goal brace during a 3-1 win over MK Maribor last time out.
Speaking afterwards, manager Owen Coyle was full of praise for his loan star and expressed his opinion that he could break into United’s first team upon his return to Old Trafford at the end of the 2013/14 season.
“After the season with us he will be good enough to go back and challenge (for a place at United),” Coyle told reporters. “He still has a lot to improve on and he will tell you that but he has ability. He is such a talented lad and I just want to get the best out of him.
“I'm giving him a platform and a wee bit of wisdom from my own playing days but he has to push himself on and you could see from his performance he is doing that. All I can do is try and impart any knowledge and experience I have as a player and a striker.