Better than Sergi Roberto! United fans rave about the 'next Owen Hargreaves'

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Oldham-born centre-midfielder Ben Pearson has been hailed by Manchester United fans as the next Owen Hargreaves, we take a look at how good this talent could become.

The young talent had been previously likened to Paul Scholes, which to be fair seems to be the generalisation for every young emerging central-midfielder star at Manchester United.  However, more recently he has been given the label as the 'next Owen Hargreaves.'

The 19-year-old will hopefully be fortunate enough to live up to the Hargreaves title, whilst staying away from the injuries the England international was riddled with throughout his career.

But who exactly is Ben Pearson?

Without a first-team appearance to his name, it's a little hard to gauge just how good this talent may be, however, little doubt can be cast over his impact for the under-21s.

Last season, he won the coveted 'Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award' putting his name alongside United legends, such as Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. 

After winning promotion to Warren Joyce's U21 United side, his former manager, Paul McGuinness said: 'Ben's been outstanding. He's an outstanding passer of the ball, a combination player and a good playmaker and link player in midfield. We'd like him to get forward and make more forward runs but sometimes the personnel we had meant he had to play in more of a holding role. But he's got the ability to snuff out danger and he's very quick over 10-15 yards.'

Most people would say the starlet's ability to accept and mould his game into an specified role by the management will go a long way to helping his progression in the future.

In a world where most of the young players coming through seem to be hell-bent on the attacking side of the game, it's often easy to overlook the much needed traits for the defensive side of a football game. Which it sounds like he is trying to perfect.

In fact, the young player's current role inside the United youth side could lead to him being fast-tracked much quicker in the United team, over the likes of Nick Powell and Jesse Lingard, due to attacking midfield options the club currently have.

His performances have certainly caught the eye of few Manchester United fans, with rave reviews being posted on internet forums. One fan in particular compared the current hype over Sergi Roberto at Barcelona as not enough for this United starlet, commenting:

'If Barca pride themselves in Sergi Roberto, then we should arranging a Parade for this Pearson guy. Great Talent. First Touch, Passing, Tackling and work rate are all fantastic. I Love him already.'

Obviously the talent still has a long way to go before aiming to substantially lay-claim to being the next Owen Hargreaves, or even better than Sergi Roberto, but with age on his side, he doesn't need to rush anything.

Here's a clip of his performance last month vs Sunderland:

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