Ethan Laird might be the unluckiest young player at Manchester United right now.

The right-back finds his first team path blocked for now by new £50 million signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Diogo Dalot and Ashley Young.

Laird is really good enough to displace Young already.

Injuries stopped his momentum last season and might have prevented him getting a first team call.

He was in action last night for the under-21s in the EFL Trophy game with Rotherham and looked better than ever.

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Laird only just turned 18 this week and looks to have grown a bit over the summer.

He scored United’s opener with a well taken strike in the second half. Largie Ramazani netted a second from a James Garner assist.

 

Fitting Laird in

If Young is phased out and Diogo Dalot moves to a wing role, Laird could quickly become Wan-Bissaka’s back-up.

Alternatively if he can use this season to develop as a left-back, United could do with the competition for Luke Shaw on that side.

Laird must stay injury free, and if he can, this could be a big year.

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We would not be surprised to see him train with the first team, potentially make his debut in a cup game or Europa League.

He is a shoe-in for more games in the EFL Trophy, with United entering an under-21 side for the first time this season.

It would be good to see him get on United’s pre-season tour next year. The future looks bright and fitting him in is a good problem to have.

Reaction

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