Manchester United youngster Ethan Galbraith is being lined up for a move to Doncaster Rovers.

The Athletic report Galbraith is ‘expected’ to complete the season long switch shortly.

The loan move to the League One side managed by former United youngster Richie Wellens is an ideal opportunity for Galbraith to develop.

He has had a brief glimpse of first team football for United only. Galbraith has featured against Football League sides in the EFL Trophy, and he was also a substitute in United’s changed 2019 Europa League tie against Astana.

Last season Galbraith featured in pre-season against Aston Villa as a substitute, but the closest he got to the first team was being named in a Europa League matchday squad against Real Sociedad without making the bench.

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Disappointment in pre-season shows need to leave

Even with first team midfielders late to return to United this summer due to international tournament involvement, Galbraith could not get the chances he needed.

James Garner and Dylan Levitt were preferred in the opener, and when Galbraith came on, he was used as a makeshift right-back. It seemed like a waste.

Andreas Pereira’s minutes could have been valuable to Galbraith, regardless of the former’s meaningless volley against Brentford. Long tem, giving Galbraith a chance could have been more beneficial.


Manchester United are crying out for a defensive midfielder and Galbraith is one of the players with the capability to play this role. It was odd that United did not even take a look at him in the position.

His talents are about more than that though. Galbraith is a strong passer of the ball and is just as capable joining the attack as he is in his defensive work.

At academy level, Galbraith has done all he can. He has 71 appearances from under-18 to under-23 level for United, scoring 10 goals. It is time for a fresh challenge.

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Already a Northern Ireland international

With chances at Old Trafford clearly limited, a loan is crucial for Galbraith to progress his career and get himself noticed.

A spell in League One is a good first step, and potentially next season Galbraith could progress to the Championship or even the Premier League.

The 20-year-old has to earn that right to step up with his performances this season.

Galbraith is already a senior international with Northern Ireland, and at 20, he has to make the leap with first team football, whether that is at United or otherwise.

There is no guarantee Galbraith will make it at United. Either way, his move to Doncaster is a necessary step in his career.

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