There have not been many bright spots for Manchester United this weekend, a third consecutive gameweek without a Premier League win.

Look a little further afield, and there is one reason to smile. His name is Ethan Laird.

The young loanee continues to shine on loan at Swansea City.

Sunday saw his biggest challenge yet as his temperament was tested along with his ability when Swansea took on Welsh rivals Cardiff City.

Laird passed the test with flying colours to help Cardiff to a 3-0 victory.

Swansea City v Cardiff - Sky Bet Championship
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Accomplished performance

Laird lined up in his usual wing back role as Swansea went with their 3-4-2-1 formation.

He was a threat going forward, completing two dribbles and creating one chance, also managing one shot on target.

 

Laird won two tackles and made one clearance as he did his part in helping the Swans keep a clean sheet in front of their own fans.

Wales Online rated his performance 8/10, writing: “Caused problems with his pace throughout. Did brilliantly to help set up Jake Bidwell’s goal.”

The 20-year-old is looking settled in his first Championship loan, and while he will want to add to his one assist this season, Laird is doing well to be holding down a regular starting spot.

There is a difference between playing at right-back and right wing-back, and this might be a challenge which tests Laird upon his return to Manchester United next summer, but he is picking up valuable experience nonetheless.

Laird has a fluidity to his game in how he runs with the ball and attacks the final third which Aaron Wan-Bissaka lacks, and he could be a very useful alternative at Old Trafford in the future.

Right now his performances are very encouraging and Laird is showing why we picked him out back in April 2019 as a prospect United should be very excited about.

Swansea City v Cardiff City - Sky Bet Championship
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