Manchester United teenager Ben Pearson has joined Barnsley in a one-month loan deal, the club has confirmed.
The 20-year-old is yet to make a debut for the first team but has been impressing under Warren Joyce’s guidance in the Under-21 team, and he was given United’s Jimmy Murphy Player of the Year award in 2013.
The young midfielder impressed Barnsley manager Danny Wilson when the Under-21s visited Oakwell in a summer friendly.
Speaking on the club’s official website the Tykes boss said: Ben left a lasting impression on us from our friendly in July.
“He is a very, very good player and will add energy and class to our midfield. I'm delighted Manchester United have allowed us to have Ben on loan.”
Pearson becomes the second person to leave Old Trafford on Thursday after Michael Keane departed on a permanent deal to Burnley.
Youth in abundance
Plenty of youth prospects have been promoted to first team duty at Manchester United since Louis Van Gaal arrived with Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett James Wilson and Reece James featuring often for the Red Devils.
Consequently, Pearson knows that competition for promotion is more competitive than ever and a loan move is his best chance at first-team football.
Speaking in September he said: “The manager has played a few youngsters already. Tyler (Blackett) has been playing regularly and Reece James has played.
“A few of the lads were involved against MK Dons and, hopefully, all of us can come through. The manager has done it previously at Ajax and Barcelona and I hope he can do it here.”