Man Utd youngster turning heads as he looks to offer solution to transfer issue


Manchester United youngster Ethan Laird has been wowing onlookers despite his limited time at MK Dons.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer requesting a right-back in the summer transfer window, the defender could give the Red Devils coach something to mull over before splashing cash that could be used elsewhere.

Laird signed for the Dons in the January transfer window on loan until the end of the season.

And he has already 10 appearances under Russell Martin, operating as a right wing-back in a three-at-the-back system.

His latest performance was one that would give United fans cause to be excited – despite MK Dons losing to Shrewsbury.



Ethan Laird is impressing on loan with MK Dons

Laird was one of the better players and his assist was something to behold.

With the defender backtracking, the 19-year-old beat him with ease before taking it past another.

The teenager took it to the byline before supplying Will Grigg with a tap-in.

One United fan in jest remarked: “TAA who?”

But those that have watched Laird will understand this was no flash in the pan and that he has been doing this for a while with the Red Devils academy.

There are high hopes for the England Under-19 international, who has already made two appearances for the senior side under Solskjaer.

The Norwegian is in the market for a right-back with several linked including Max Aarons, Kieran Trippier and Thomas Meunier.

He wants some competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, which has worked on the other flank where Luke Shaw has improved with Alex Telles pushing him.

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But there is no reason why Laird could not be that man while the player himself has admitted he is an attack-minded player.

He said: “My A game is probably attacking anyway, so I’ve just been enjoying it.



Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on signing a new right-back

“With right-back, the defending is more 1v1s, getting up to your man. At wing-back, the defending focus is on positioning and pressing.

“It’s doing the same thing, but higher up the pitch. The way we play, we have the ball most of the time, so I am doing a bit more attacking.

“When we lose the ball, quick press and then focus on positioning.”





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