Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has heaped praised on academy prospect Ethan Laird after the 18-year-old was included in the travelling squad to Belgrade for the club’s Europa League clash with FK Partizan.
Laird, who has excelled in his age group and also for United’s U-23’s as of late, is a right-footed right-back who, alongside Brandon Williams, is rated highly amongst followers of the academy as candidates to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw.
With the youngster’s inclusion in United’s 20-man squad for Thursday’s fixture, fans have been hoping Laird may be given an opportunity to shine and Solskjær has told the club’s official website that the full-back that fits what the club are looking for, saying: “He’s a full-back in the mould that we want. He’s physical, he’s quick, he’s strong and he’s technical as well driving forward with it. So we thought it was the time for him now to get this experience and we believe he can kick on in his career.”
Laird has previously shown his desire to impress Solskjær when the Norwegian was still an interim-manager at the club, speaking last season, he said: “I’ve just got to prove to him I’m good enough to be in his team. I’ve seen it with Mason [Greenwood], James [Garner], Angel [Gomes] and Tahith [Chong], some of the starlets of the group, getting their chance and it’s promising. Very promising.”
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