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Scot who joined United when turning 16 after playing for Hutchison Vale, a local boys club the Reds have dealt with before as Darren Fletcher also represented the Edinburgh-based youth team.
After captaining the Under-18s, he was fast-tracked into the Reserves squad - setting up Josh Harrop's winner against Villarreal in the Premier League International Cup on his first start at that level. Further evidence of his progress came with a call-up to the Scotland Under-19 squad in October 2016, his first involvement at international level since the Under-16 age group. Hamilton finished the 2016/17 season in fine form and ended up with an excellent return of eight goals in 21 starts for the Under-18s, with more experienced gained from his eight outings in the Reserves. Steady progress under Ricky Sbragia, whom he knew from working with Scotland, led to a dream first call-up by Jose Mourinho, for the Emirates FA Cup tie at Huddersfield Town, when he replaced Paul Pogba as a substitute when the Frenchman was forced to pull out of the squad. Shortlisted for the Denzil Haroun Player of the Year award after racking up 20 appearances (plus another two as a sub) and scoring once, the winner in the Premier League International Cup against Athletic Club, he can be pleased with his season’s work. Kieran McKenna commented: "With his attitude, it could certainly carry him very far in his career."
Ethan Hamilton was called up to the senior United squad for the first time last season. He was an unused substitute in the Emirates FA Cup fifth-round win at Huddersfield.
"Having my name on the back of the shirt when I went into the changing room, I was a bit stunned - especially with it being next to all the amazing players."
"Ethan is a really solid player for the group as well as being a good talent. With his attitude, it could certainly carry him very far in his career.”