Manchester United youngster Ben Pearson will have been hoping for a positive start to his one-month loan spell with League One outfit Barnsley, but it is unlikely the 20-year-old would have expected to receive the man-of-the-match award in his first ever competitive fixture.
After a fine midfield performance in the Tykes' 2-0 victory over division strugglers Yeovil Town, Pearson has made a lighting start to his professional career.
He added class and energy to the Barnsley midfield, just as manager Danny Wilson had predicted upon agreeing a deal for his services.
The highly-rated Red Devils prospect is yet to make his Manchester United debut but has shone in Warren Joyce's under-21 team for the past 18 months.
And while he may not have envisaged making his first senior start in League One it is certainly a start on the way to establishing a reputation in the English game.
Having won the Jimmy Murphy Player of the Year award in 2013, he is a player who has greatly impressed throughout his time in United's youth ranks. Now afforded the opportunity to impress at senior level, he is already showing signs of his brilliant potential.