Ethan Laird.

Laid reiterates United ambitions

Thursday 06 January 2022 15:20

Ethan Laird hopes his Bournemouth move will help him achieve his ultimate aim of becoming a regular at Manchester United.

The exciting right-back has agreed to switch to the Championship leaders after a successful stint at Swansea City and should be pushing for a place once the transfer has been registered.

The Cherries are in Emirates FA Cup third-round action against Yeovil Town this weekend, with Scott Parker's men currently three points clear of Blackburn Rovers at the second-tier summit.

With so much to play for this term, his long-term ambition remains adding to his two senior appearances for the Reds' first team, after playing against Astana and AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League in 2019.

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Full-back Ethan Laird is posed to seal a switch within the Championship.

"I'm happy," he told Bournemouth's club media. "I can't wait to get started really. We've got some games to win!

"[It's been] chaotic but that's part of football. You get your head around it and focus on what needs to be focused on, which is Bournemouth now. I think we all know it's Premier League standard [here], the facilities are brilliant. I'm enjoying the people here and have got to speak to a few of them. I know a couple of them as well, it's looking promising.

"I spoke to the gaffer a few times today as well, a quick catch-up and saying we can't wait to get started." 

When asked about growing up at United, the defender admitted his ambition is to break into the senior side at Old Trafford again.

"I could say so many names," he said. "So many people helped me, even caretakers to the coaching staff. It plays a big part in my heart, United always will do, that's where I want to be. Hopefully, to good enough levels to be called and used. Obviously, Manchester United is a big part of me.

"I can't wait to be there soon but obviously, now is the next step on the journey and I've got to help win games at Bournemouth and enjoy myself here."

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Teden is buzzing for his short-term move to the Midlands - particularly after speaking with his fellow loanee Tahith.

The defender also paid tribute to MK Dons and Swansea City for helping him adapt to life in senior football.

"It was great experience," he added. "It got me playing professional football and Swansea was up a level. I really developed there and thank everyone there.

"Now it's the next step. I think there's a big one [aim] as everyone wants to get to where we want to be - in the Premier League. I hope I can help with that. It's an ambition of mine to help push this team as far as I can, it's important for me, and I want to develop as a player."