armband for his country, even though he does not skipper the Reds.
An elevation to Under-19 level followed, as United's only representative in that particular international squad, as he came on leaps and bounds, scoring the first and last goal of the campaign for the Reds. Although goalscoring is one area that is being worked on, his rare combination of poise and tenacity ensured he was pivotal throughout.
After landing the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award, he started the Barclays Under-21 Premier League final against Tottenham at Old Trafford and will aim to be a regular at that level for Warren Joyce's side.
"Ben’s been outstanding," said McGuinness when losing the key man to the older age-group when signing professional terms. "He’s an outstanding passer of the ball, a combination player and a good playmaker and link player in midfield. We’d like him to get forward and make more forward runs but sometimes the personnel we had meant he had to play in more of a holding role. But he’s also got the ability to snuff out danger and he’s very quick over 10-15 yards.