Barnsley have extended the loan of Manchester United midfielder Ben Pearson until the end of the season following a hugely impressive spell at Oakwell for the youngster.
Lee Johnson has replaced Danny Wilson as manager of Barnsley but Pearson has remained in the starting XI and continues to play a big role in the side.
Man United U21s coach Warren Joyce believes Pearson has matured as a player at Barnsley and that his personality has shone through at the club.
Speaking about Pearson, Joyce said: “Ben has really thrived at Barnsley and I think he’s been doing a proper man’s job. 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.”
United will be delighted with Pearson’s progress at Barnsley this season. Louis van Gaal has shown he is not afraid to promote young talent given the success of players such as Paddy McNair, James Wilson and Tyler Blackett this term so it is not out of the question for Pearson to do the same in the next campaign.