Emerging as a central defender of some repute, he revealed to Inside United that he has chosen to represent England at international level, after initially featuring for Republic of Ireland, and is maturing all the time at Carrington.
A splendidly consistent campaign saw him voted Reserves Player of the Year despite some fierce competition and he made his England debut for the Under-19s in May, playing in the same team as Will.
By playing in 30 games in all, he was used more than anybody else at Reserves level and scored five goals along the way when venturing forward for set-pieces.
Starting the Capital One Cup ties with Newcastle United and Chelsea, and catching the eye on both occasions, showed how close he was to breaking into Sir Alex's plans but the former United manager decided the youngster would be best served by a loan to the Championship.
Leicester snapped him up and he extended his stay with the Foxes, earning a place on the three-man shortlist for their Player of the Year, which was a remarkable achievement. Learning all the time,