Manchester United’s young midfielder shows he is well on the way to stardom

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United’s Ben Pearson starred for England’s Under-19s in their 7-0 demolition of Andorra yesterday with a fantastic brace that capped a fine performance.

The 18-year-old has been on a steady upward curve so far in his young career. Last season, he was named Jimmy Murphy Academy Player of the Year and he has already been very impressive in this campaign for United.

A no nonsense player in the mould of Roy Keane with slightly more panache, Pearson has all the hallmarks of a great box-to-box midfielder as he showcased in England’s victory against Andorra.

“Moments later though it was three. Josh Murphy found space on the left and fired a low cross into the box, where Manchester United midfielder Ben Pearson was there to meet it and confidently fired in low to Silverio’s right.

“One more before the break” shouted England’s head coach, sensing Andorra were on the rails. The Young Lions upped the tempo on Blake’s instructions and it was the impressive Pearson again who obliged.

“The skillful midfielder latched on to a loose ball as Andorra failed to clear their lines and fired high to the beleaguered Victor Silverio’s net, this time with his left.”

“I’m really pleased with the two goals – just needed a header and that would have finished it off nicely.”

There are really high hopes for Pearson within those who follow him in the academy because he has got that special something. His mental approach is fantastic and he has got his head in the right place, something that has greatly benefited his progression so far.

He presents himself just as well off the pitch as he does on it and speaking to TheFA.com after England’s win, his ambitious approach to football is obvious.

“We always knew we were going to get there eventually – to be honest though, in the last ten minutes we needed more goals, we weren’t really happy with seven – we wanted eight, nine, ten,” he said.

“But obviously what happened happened and 7-0 is still a good result.

“Yeah I heard him [manager telling players to get forward]. Once he shouted to get forward and get one more before the break I pushed up and I was able to get another before half-time. We just wanted to get as many as we could really.

“I’m really pleased with the two goals – just needed a header and that would have finished it off nicely.”

In the likes of Pearson, Pereira and Januzaj, United have got a crop of youngsters coming through our academy that look like superstars of the future and if Pearson can keep delivering these sorts of performances on a consistent basis, it won’t be too long before he gets his own chances with United’s first team.

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