Since making his Southampton debut in a 2-0 defeat in the Capital One Cup to Crystal Palace in 2011, James Ward-Prowse has racked up almost 50 appearances for his boyhood club, recently becoming a key player for the Saints in their current season.

The England u-21 midfielder started the game at Palace as a 16 year old and was one of his sides only positives during the game.

Last season was the 19-year-olds breakthrough season as he earned more and more playing time over the course of the campaign.

This season though, he has become a big player for Southampton as they try and qualify for Europe.

He is usually played at the heart of midfield but has also started in more attacking roles of late.

His best position is at the centre of midfield where he can use his variety of passing to his full ability.

Manchester United have endured a horrible campaign so far and may be tempted into the teenager's signature to strengthen their squad.

However, it is unlikely Southampton will sell as they value their home grown player very highly.

Arguably Ward-Prowse's major attribute is his delivery of a football. He is the main taker of corners and free-kicks at Southampton due to his brilliant accuracy of a cross from a dead ball situation.

These deliveries have earned him comparisons with the great David Beckham and Ward-Prowse could possibly follow in the football legend's footsteps and become a regular for Manchester United and for England in the future.

His has earned a little international recognition because of his form for the England u-21 side, where he has made the midfield his own, scoring a brilliant free-kick along the way.

If he continues to perform this season, can we expect a bid from Manchester United, who are currently low on quality in their midfield? 

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