Ethan Laird.


A local lad who has been with the club since a very young age and has worked his way through the ranks.

Laird is a full-back with plenty of pace, who has shown his defensive qualities in the younger age groups. His excellent acceleration enables him to link up with the attack to good effect, and he showed his ability to get forward with a goal in the friendly win over MSK Zilina in 2016. The 2017/18 term marked his breakthrough as a first-year scholar as he quickly made a real impact. Capped by England Under-17s, he shows great determination to get forward and scored in the final game of the division against Liverpool. He also operated in the centre of defence towards the end of the campaign Despite being the youngest player in United's academy intake for 2017, he ended up with 19 appearances to his name and also gained further experience in the Under-23s and UEFA Youth League. In 2018/19, he suffered injury problems and only registered 11 outings for the Under-18s, but scored twice and continued to provide assists for his colleagues. After being namechecked by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as one to watch for the future, he was wisely treated carefully and prepared for a full pre-season of hard work.

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Ethan Laird jumps in front of the away fans at Rotherham.

Laird's first step on 'major comeback' Article

Ethan Laird was buzzing after scoring United's first-ever goal in the EFL Trophy, at Rotherham.

United celebrate the opening goal by Ethan Laird.

Young Reds make winning start Article

Ethan Laird and Largie Ramazani score the goals that earn victory at Rotherham in the Trophy.

Lee O'Connor

Young Reds out on international duty Article

19 players who have competed at U18 and U23 level this term are in action for their countries' under-age teams.

Ethan Laird signs his contract with Nicky Butt.

Laird thrilled with contract Article

Young defender Ethan Laird says he is delighted with his progress at United.

Ethan Laird.
Ethan Laird says

"It’s like a dream come true. From the age of nine, growing up in the Academy and seeing players above you get to the places you want to be, it’s just something you strive for."

Ethan Laird in action for England Under-17s

Young Reds feature as England win final Article

A trio of United youngsters were involved as the Three Lions won an Under-18 tournament in France.

Mason Greenwood

Young Reds on form for England Article

Two United youngsters were on target for their national teams in midweek.

Ethan Laird.
Ethan Laird says

"You have to be at United to improve and have a goal, which is to play in the first team."

Ethan Laird in discussion with MUTV.

Laird is chasing his dream Article

As the Under-18s prepare to face Middlesbrough today, Ethan Laird tells us about his hunger to succeed at United.

United's youngsters at the 2017 training camp in Austria.

Youngsters set for Austria trip Article

United are embarking on a training camp in Obertraun for a second successive pre-season.

Ethan Laird celebrates

U18s: Liverpool 2 United 1 Article

The league winners are undone on the break by the 10-man Merseysiders.

James Garner celebrates scoring against Blackburn.

Why United's Under-18s deserve to be champions Article

Youth expert Adam Marshall argues why Kieran McKenna's exciting youngsters deserve domestic glory this season.

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