Manchester United’s precarious situation with the Financial Fair Play and uncertainty over club ownership could be advantageous to the club’s youngsters. Ideally, United would need to sign a striker, a midfielder, a right-back, and a centre-back in case of outgoings. However, the financial situation dictates that United might have to make do with only a couple of those spots filled through big acquisitions.
This is where a multi-utility player like Ethan Laird comes into the picture. An RB by trade, Laird is also comfortable playing on the left. Both Aaron wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot have convinced this season but neither has done so with consistency. This is why United are looking for a solution for that position.
Laird was highly rated in the academy but has had his progress hampered by injuries. A perfect modern fullback, this season Laird has managed to put the injury worries behind him to an extent. He has made 27 appearances on loan at QPR across all competitions.
If he can manage to have a sustained run in the first-team as the season end approaches, he can leverage that momentum to break through at United during the pre-season. The path to contention will never be as straightforward as this due to the position he plays. It is up to him to make the most of it.
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