Ethan Galbraith was one of three young players who came off the bench in Manchester United’s friendly with Aston Villa.

Along with Teden Mengi and Anthony Elanga, Galbraith was a second half substitute at Villa Park.

The Northern Ireland international came close to scoring an equaliser too.

When Donny van de Beek found him in space on the edge of the box, Galbraith fired an effort at goal which sailed just narrowly wide of the post.

Backing from the manager

In addition to nearly scoring, Galbraith had a more uncomfortable moment when he was caught in possession in midfield, leading to a Villa attack.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer referenced this after the game and said this was an example of why the friendly was so valuable to the 19-year-old.


Solskjaer told the club website: “They’ll learn from it of course. Young Ethan Galbraith has been with us in the summer, in the Europa League, he’s been training with us and then he gets minutes today and you could see he’s got less time [on the ball].

“I spoke to him after the game and he knows a couple of times he gets caught on the ball but that’s the learning he needs. That’s going to make him, next time he’s on the pitch, be ready for it.”

Galbraith is on the fringes of the first team and could get a chance in the EFL Cup next week.

Just being able to play alongside the likes of Donny van de Beek and Marcus Rashford will have been huge for him, and will motivate him to work harder to get more chances.

With Dylan Levitt and probably James Garner heading out on loan, Galbraith could get extra opportunities to step up to the senior side this season.

Manchester United v Aston Villa: Pre-Season Friendly
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