Manchester United youngster Ethan Galbraith sealed his loan switch to Doncaster Rovers on Friday.

A day later he was named in Doncaster’s starting XI in a League One clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

Galbraith was played in a wide attacking role as opposed to his more customary deeper midfield position.

The 20-year-old Northern Ireland international lined up with former United academy youngster Aidan Barlow, who signed with Doncaster as a free agent this summer after a year out of the game.

Manchester United Pre-Season Training Session
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Doncaster lost 2-0 to a superior Owls side, with Galbraith playing all 90 minutes.

While the United loanee was booked, he also created three goalscoring chances, more than any player on the pitch.

Galbraith also made three tackles, the second highest among the Doncaster team, and made two interceptions.

 

With more than 70 academy games for United under his belt, Galbraith showed he was more than capable of making the step up to men’s football.

Left a good impression

Galbraith’s display impressed teammate John Bostock, formerly of Crystal Palace, Tottenham, and more recently Nottingham Forest.

Speaking to the club website, Bostock said: “He came in yesterday and was really quiet, then goes and puts in such a good performance on his professional debut.

“It’s nice to have him here because he’s got a massive future in the game, I enjoyed playing alongside him and hopefully we can develop that relationship.

“I remember older professionals speaking to me when I was his age so I want to help him while he’s here.”

Galbraith will be looking to build on his bright debut, facing Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night and then Portsmouth next weekend.

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