As Manchester United have come to learn with Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe, and even right the way back to Owen Hargreaves, some players are simply less durable than others.

One player who is unfortunately developing an unwanted trait of being injury prone is rising star Ethan Laird.

Laird is one of United’s brightest talents at academy level, making his first team debut in 2019.

But his development has been slowed down by injuries in both the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons, and now he has sustained another unwanted blow.

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Badly timed injury

Laird was impressive in United’s under-21 win over Salford City, with the team producing a stunning 6-0 victory.

Unfortunately for the full-back, he appeared to sustain a hamstring injury in the second half.

The teenager looked frustrated as he left the pitch, being replaced by Max Taylor for the final 15 minutes.

This injury could have unwanted repercussions for Laird as it could cost him a loan move.


PA Sport reported this week that Laird was one of the players United were receiving interest in, and he would be allowed to leave to test himself further.

Now he faces a race against time to get fit before the loan deadline which will be on October 16, to sign with another English club.

Risk from a lack of football

While Laird has an unfortunate injury record, these kind of injuries always stood a chance of happening because of the lack of football the young players have had in recent months.

This was the first competitive game played by United’s academy teams since the start of March.

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If Laird does miss out on a loan switch, it could yet work out in his favour.

He should be fit by the end of October or early November, and he might end up working his way towards challenging and covering if required in the first team. Last season we saw how Brandon Williams was suddenly needed amid an injury crisis.

So while this seems like a setback now, it might work out for Laird, even though it is a real disappointment.

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