Manchester United starlet Sean Goss (centre in above picture) has welcomed comparisons to Michael Carrick and admits the veteran midfielder is one of the players he admires the most.
Goss, 19, had made rapid progress in United's youth ranks this term, earning a call up into Warren Joyce's Under-21 side and got on the score sheet on 20 April in their 1-1 draw with their Leicester City counterparts.
And the midfielder has revealed Carrick, who has been integral to manager Louis van Gaal's side in their recent upsurge in form, has left an impression on him and the club's other young hopefuls, and intends to replicate the 33-year-old's game.
"It's a good thing to hear," Goss told United's official website when asked about the Carrick comparisons. "Obviously, I look up to him as a player and I like to play like that. He has come down and trained with us and it gives you an idea of what it is like to be in the first team so you take notice of that.
"He is one of my favourite players in the first team and I do look up to him. I want to play like him as well, spreading passes, keeping the ball and trying to read the play, while getting on the ball as much as I can."
Goss arrived at Old Trafford three years ago after impressing during a trial period competing in the Aegon Future Cup in Amsterdam. He immediately joined Paul McGuinness's under-18 ranks but was forced to endure a frustrating spell on the sidelines after suffering injury.
The German-born midfielder remained focused on his dream of succeeding at United and was one of six youth players offered professional contracts last year.
"It was hard because I was injured for around eight months," Goss said. "I had a few games with the Under-17s and managed to get into the Academy team at the end of the season, which was nice to get a little taster.
"Obviously, I knew the next year would be big because we were all fighting for a professional contract. I had a good run in the side and scored a few goals so I felt happy and was offered the contract."