Ben Pearson has made such an impact on loan at Barnsley this season that boss Lee Johnston now considers him one of the first names on the team sheet.
The 20-year-old midfielder impressed enough to earn himself an extended loan deal until the end of the season having originally only been with the League One side for one month.
Pearson has one goal in his 12 appearances but it is his overall contribution which has earned him such high praise.
“Ben had Championship interest but he felt happy here,” Barnsley boss Johnson said this week.
“He’s got the potential to be in a fight for promotion which is important for his development. At the moment he is one of the first names on the teamsheet.
Having represented England at every youth level right through to the U20s, Pearson has enjoyed great progression throughout his career and his success on his first loan spell fills Man United fans with confidence about his ability to break into the first-team in the future.
Pearson has always been a great prospect. A tenacious midfielder with great desire and a fantastic attitude, his box-to-box style with the U21s was always one of the stand-out features when watching Warren Joyce’s side in action.
Louis van Gaal has previously talked about how he’d like to take more youngsters on the pre-season tour this year and Pearson’s performances on loan at Barnsley surely make him a strong contender for one of those places.