Barnsley: Manchester United youngster Pearson wants extended Reds stay

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Manchester United young gun Ben Pearson wants to stay at Barnsley for longer.

Pearson’s second loan spell with the Reds ends after Saturday’s home clash with Walsall.

But the ambitious 20-year-old is enjoying his run of first-team football at Oakwell and his hungry to extend his stay.

“I’d like to stay, yeah definitely,” revealed Pearson, who has featured 11 times for the Reds. “But I’ll have to wait and see what happens.

“I’m not sure what Manchester United want to do yet, so I’ll just concentrate on Saturday’s game and then think about that [the possibility] of staying afterwards.

“I wanted to experience playing men’s football and at a higher level. Hopefully I’ve done that and proven to people that I can handle it.”

On Tuesday night the England U20 international worked effectively to mop up any danger and break-up the play employed just in front of the back four.

But even he couldn’t have imagined playing under three different managers in his two-month spell with the club.

“It’s certainly been a bit of an experience for me, but one of the reasons I came here was for the experience,” admitted Pearson.

“I wasn’t expecting it to be as extreme as this with three different managers in the time I’ve been here.

“But I think the appointment of Lee [Johnson] has been good. He wants to play football.

“It will take for the squad to gel with what he wants to do, but as the weather and the pitch gets better, hopefully you’ll be able to see that.”

The Reds are tenth in League One after four successive victories and just two points off breaking into the play-offs.

“We’ve just got to keep going,” stressed Pearson.

“It’s always more enjoyable when you’re winning, but it’s frustrating when you’re getting beat.

“It was a bit of low to be honest when Danny [Wilson] got sacked. But things seem to be on the up since Mark Burton took over and then now Lee.

“When Danny got sacked it was a blow because he obviously brought me to the club and I wanted to do it for him, as well as myself.”

“But I always wanted to stay and wanted progress up the leagues. I didn’t want to give in when the going got tough. And it’s paid off by staying.”