Manchester United loanee Ethan Laird suffers defeat on QPR debut

On-loan Manchester United defender Ethan Laird made his debut for Queens Park Rangers against Blackpool last night.

Earlier this month, Laird moved to the Championship outfit on a season-long loan deal and he has been thrust immediately into the action.

QPR hosted Blackpool on Tuesday night and Laird started the game and played the full 90 minutes on the right of a back four.

The 21-year-old’s new manager Michael Beale praised his performance with limited training time, and in particular his dangerous delivery from wide areas.

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Laird makes debut for Queens Park Rangers

Speaking to the club’s official website, Beale said: “Ethan Laird only met his new team-mates for the first time on Monday and trained with us for 40 minutes.

“He flashed a couple of balls across the box and did so again in the second half but we could have been out there for another 30 minutes and wouldn’t have scored.”

When asked to take the positives from the night despite the result, Beale named Laird among them, given his promising performance so soon after joining.

Laird spent last season on loan in the Championship, first with Swansea, which worked well and then with Bournemouth, which was not so successful.

He will be hoping for a strong season in west London, as he does his best to inspire a push towards promotion to the Premier League.

As per WhoScored, nobody in the home ranks made more key passes on the night than Laird (2), which underlines his attacking threat from right-back.

Only winger Ilias Chair (3) could beat Laird’s total of two dribbles, and the defender also had 74 touches on his debut.

On the defensive side, he made a tackle, an interception and two clearances, but it was not enough to earn victory on his maiden outing.

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