Warren Joyce spoke highly of former Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award winner Ben Pearson on manutd.com after announcing the youngster has extended his stay at Barnsley until the end of the season.
The Manchester United youth team coach praised the character and ability of the youngster, who has previously admitted to Manchester United's official website that he's looking to impress and break into Louis van Gaal side.
"Ben has really thrived at Barnsley and I think he’s been doing a proper man’s job," United Under-21 coach Warren Joyce told ManUtd.com. "He looks an experienced player in that team.
"It’s strange being in the dressing room when there is a change of manager and it can be difficult at any club to handle things like that but he seems to have adjusted well. In terms of the things we’ve talked about with him, it’s about taking ownership and trying to be a leader of the group. I’m pleased with the way he’s been trying to take that on board as it's crucial to the position he plays in."
The 20-year-old has become a central figure in Barnsley's quest for promotion and has played a huge part in their rise up the table, where they now sit seventh on the same points as Doncaster who currently hold the last spot in the play-off positions.
Since signing in January, the youngster has played in 12 League One games for the Tykes, winning eight and losing four. It gives the youngster an incredibly impressive win-rate of 67%.
Whether or not he eventually breaks into the United team remains to be seen, but for a young player still learning the game on his first loan move away from the club, he looks to be showing himself in a good light.
If nothing else, it could at least lead to a loan move to a higher placed team in the English leagues next season.