Ethan Laird.


A powerful runner 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.

After an explosive start to 2019/20, including the club's first-ever goal in the EFL Trophy ( Trophy), in a win at Rotherham United, he bounced back from another injury setback to make his full senior debut in the Europa League match against Astana in Kazakhstan at the end of November.

A second outing was soon forthcoming, in the home win over AZ Alkmaar in the same competition, and he signed a new contract in February 2020.

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Teden Mengi and Ethan Laird.

Young trio look to convince Solskjaer Article

A detailed look at Ethan Laird, Teden Mengi and James Garner's push for senior inclusion before the season's end.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Ole reveals team news for Cherries' visit Article

The boss has updates on Phil Jones, Axel Tuanzebe and Ethan Laird in advance of Saturday's home game with Bournemouth.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Brandon Williams.

Ole promises more youngsters will play Article

The boss says he is likely to call another youth product into his senior squad as opportunities increase.

Ethan Laird puts pen to paper.

New contracts for Under-23s duo Article

Two members of Neil Wood's squad have signed fresh deals with the Reds.

Manchester United players celebrate scoring against AZ Alkmaar.

Talking Points: United v Alkmaar Article

We dissect the major points of interest from an impressive European night at Old Trafford.

Tunnel Insider: A youthful night in Kazakhstan video

🎙 Our latest 'Tunnel Insider' stars the boss, Jesse Lingard, Ethan Laird, plus journalists Mark Ogden & Andy Mitten...

Luke Shaw on the ball against Astana in Kazakhstan

Astana v United: Highlights and reaction Article

Watch the best action from our Europa League game plus post-match interviews and analysis.

Jesse Lingard applauds the crowd

Lingard happy to get off the mark Article

Our captain for the evening struck his first goal of the season during United's narrow defeat to Astana.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Nicky Butt

Solskjaer: Young Reds did themselves proud Article

The boss gives his reaction to the Astana defeat and reflects on how United's debutants fared.

Ethan Laird and Jesse Lingard.

Lingard and Laird remain positive video

Hear from goalscorer Jesse Lingard and debutant Ethan Laird, following the final whistle at Astana Arena...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Confirmed: United team to play Astana Article

As expected, the line-up named by Ole at the Astana Arena is a very youthful one.

Arnau Puigmal, United's young Spanish midfielder.

Who are the youngsters in United's squad? Article

We provide a player-by-player guide to the Academy lads who travelled to Kazakhstan.

Ethan Laird training at Astana Arena

Revealed: Shirt numbers for United's debutants Article

Find out which numbers will be worn by the youngsters in our first-team squad against Astana.

Tahith Chong and James Garner celebrate at Newcastle.

Young Reds set for international action Article

Our round-up of the United players involved in younger-age squads during this break.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Revealed: Ole's United squad for Belgrade trip Article

Find out which players Solskjaer is taking to Serbia for our latest Europa League group game.

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