The Manchester midfield pairing of Ben Pearson and Joe Rothwell will spend the first half of the next campaign on loan at Barnsley, as reported by the club’s official website.
The two youngsters are both seen as major prospects for the future at Old Trafford, but they will join Lee Johnson’s League One side in order to get more first-team experience at Oakwell.
Pearson has previously spent time at the Tykes, making 21 appearances during the 2014/15 campaign and the 20-year-old is raring to go again. “I had a great time here last season – making my professional debut – and want to pick up where I left off but help take us that one step further,” Pearson said in the source.
Rothwell has just as much enthusiasm for the move having received his first taste of league football at Blackpool last term, where he played three matches for the Tangerines, completing 79% of his passes in those games.
“I’m really excited to be here. I’ve heard a lot about the place from Ben Pearson. He couldn’t speak highly enough of his time here and I just can’t wait to get going. I had no hesitation about coming here after speaking with Lee Johnson. Barnsley almost made it into the League One play-offs with Ben here last season so, hopefully, we can go one better this time,” added Rothwell.
Johnson echoed their sentiments and is pleased to have two players from the Red Devils at his club for the next six months. “Ben really impressed me last season – both when he played against and for me. He is a tremendous talent with energy to burn and is a good passer of the ball. He will be an asset in our midfield and I’m really looking forward to working with him again,” said the Barnsley manager.
“I’m really excited to have Joe on board as well. We are very lucky to have two highly-rated midfielders on our hands and I’m really grateful to Manchester United for allowing us to bring them both here,” he concluded.
Although they have both represented England at under-20 level they are unlikely to get into Louis van Gaal’s United squad for the upcoming season as the Dutch coach has just signed Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger from Southampton and Bayern Munich respectively.