Manchester United agree season-long loan deal with Queens Park Rangers for Ethan Laird

Manchester United have agreed a season-long loan deal with Queens Park Rangers for right-back Ethan Laird.

The 21-year-old looked poised to join Watford on a season-long loan, but he now looks set to move to Loftus Road, according to the Telegraph’s Mike McGrath.

According to the MEN, Laird’s proposed move to the Hornets collapsed following the signing of former Villarreal right-back Mario Gaspar.

The Manchester United academy graduate spent last season out on loan in the second tier of English football with spells at Swansea City and Bournemouth.

Manchester United agree season-long loan deal with Queens Park Rangers for Ethan Laird

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The attack-minded pacey full-back was a regular under Russel Martin, who he played under during his loan spell with League One side MK Dons the season prior, at the Liberty Stadium.

Laird picked up an injury in December and didn’t feature for the Welsh side again after being recalled from his loan spell in January.

Later that month Laird joined promotion-chasing Bournemouth, but he struggled with fitness and adapting to Scott Parker’s tactics and methods at the Vitality Stadium.

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Having made 18 starts for the Swans, Laird only made four starts for the Cherries despite experiencing promotion with the Premier League newcomers.

The former England Under-20 international will be hoping to establish himself as a regular in Michael Beale’s QPR side.

Laird featured under Erik ten Hag during pre-season and started the former Ajax manager’s first game at Old Trafford against Rayo Vallecano.

United’s number 41 who has played twice for the first team, both of which came in the Europa League, impressed against the La Liga side, but it seems Ten Hag believes that going out on loan and playing regular first team football will be the best move to aid Laird’s development.

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