Manchester United 'delighted' with Ethan Laird progress, says QPR boss
Manchester United loanee Ethan Laird has made a strong start in the Championship on loan at QPR.
QPR boss Mick Beale told West London Sport he is aware that Manchester United are very pleased with how he is faring.
He also said that Laird is enjoying his loan spell and QPR are thrilled to have him.
United ‘delighted’ with Ethan Laird progress
Beale said of Laird’s loan spell, “At this moment in time the boy is absolutely delighted to be here, he’s loving it, you can tell that on and off the pitch.
“We’re absolutely over the moon with him and I think Man United are delighted, he had a host of clubs and Man United really wanted him to come to QPR as well.
“How we envisaged it going before we signed the loan agreement is exactly how it’s going at the moment, he’s a lovely boy as well, there’s nothing not to like about Ethan Laird.”
Laird has played eight Championship games for QPR since joining, playing 90 minutes in each of them.
The 21-year-old has helped the side to fifth in the table, which is a leap forward at present on last season’s finishing place of 11th, albeit there is a long way to go.
Laird excelled at Swansea last season before another spell at Bournemouth where he played less regularly, and Beale could not guarantee that Manchester United would let him stay at Loftus Road all season.
He said: “In every loan agreement there might be some sort of option, because if the boy came to London and didn’t settle, or wasn’t playing, there would always be a discussion, I think that’s always there.
“In my experience of being a 23s coach at Liverpool and loaning players out, and being at Rangers and bringing loan players in, and at Aston Villa and here, there’s always some sort of break clause for everybody.”
United however will have seen that switching Laird’s clubs mid-season last year was not necessarily a positive, and will think twice about doing so again; and the player may be reluctant to do so too.
What is most positive about this spell for Laird is that he is performing as a more traditional right-back in QPR’s system, rather than the wing-back role in which he featured for Swansea.
This will give him a better chance of breaking through at United in the future if Erik ten Hag is willing to give him an opportunity.