20-year-old Ben Pearson, who has been likened to Republic of Ireland legend Roy Keane, has joined the League One side on loan for a month, but did talk about the possibility of extending the deal if the initial loan period goes to plan.
This season, the youngster has been working hard for the Red Devils' Under-21 side, but has struggled to get noticed by the senior set-up. In fact, he gave that as the main reason for heading out on loan and hoped that upon returning he would be seen as a more ‘mature’ player.
In the interview with Barnsley’s official website, among many questions, the youngster was asked to explain who at United he had learned the most from.
The answer may surprise you.
'Well, previously we've had Scholes on our management,’’ explained Pearson. ‘’He was the assistant for our Under-19s.
‘’We've got Nicky Butt who obviously talks to all the lads and helps them all out.
'But we've got Michael Carrick, one of the best central midfielders, you can learn off him every day. We train with him all the time.
‘There is plenty of players who you can look towards to learn off.’’
Carrick, who has been at the Manchester-based side for nearly a decade, will have undoubtedly had a big role to play in the talented midfielder’s career, but few people would have expected him to get such high praise.
This season, the experienced England international has shown a great work ethic, versatility and most importantly ability in order to get his place and keep it in a very competitive United side.
For Pearson, who has daunting competition if he is going to become a first team regular for the 20-time Premier League winners, he is the ideal role model as he has shown what it takes to become a regular at Old Trafford.
The loan move for the youngster is huge and if he can impress at Barnsley, it will go a long way to kick starting his senior career under Louis van Gaal.