Ethan Laird

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  1. May 21, 2019

    dutchred Full Member

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    Maybe
    I even think that Rafael might also be an option.
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    Acole9 Outstanding

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    Signed a new contract at Lyon.
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    The Boy Full Member

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    Anyone know any reason why e hasn't travelled for pre season?
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    Kostov Full Member

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    Wasn't he injured for the majority of the season? I think that probably was a factor. Lee O'Connor also didn't travel even though he had a full season and is equally talented imo.
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    Ali Dia Full Member

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    He’s going to have to go the loan route now for a few years isn’t he?
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    The Boy Full Member

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    Shame I thought he was meant to be one of the most talented lads coming through
  7. Jul 18, 2019

    Varun1 New Member

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    O'Connor is at the U19s Euro Championship I believe.
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    TwoSheds More sheds (and tiles) than you, probably

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    He's 17 and didn't play last year because of injury. People are just getting ahead of themselves. He's plenty of time to impress. I imagine it will be 6-12months of U23s and then another 6-12 months of loan for him before he gets a serious look in at first team level.
  9. Jul 18, 2019

    FromTheBench Full Member

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    Defenders take time to get into the first team anyway
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    settembrini Full Member

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    Because he's not part of the first team squad.

    Laird is a decent prospect but has a long way to go. It was shocking to me in the summer how many people said we shouldn't sign Wan-Bissaka because of Laird.
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    sglowrider Against Oral Equality

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    Rashford isnt good enough. At best a championship player and will proclaim that Greenwood will be the golden boot winner next year.

    Potential is always greater than reality syndrome.
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    Bestietom Full Member

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    Traore is another to watch.
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    AltiUn likes playing with swords after fantasies

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    He's really not, he's got 1 outstanding quality with his strength which gives him a huge advantage over 18 year olds, his technique isn't good enough to hide the other deficiencies in his game, especially when he eventually gets to senior level.
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    NickyT New Member

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    Tbh he is a very big talent, it's pretty evident in his level of performance especially at such a young age. I reckon a full season at u23 level wouldn't do him any harm as he only turns 18 next month.

    Maybe next season he can go on loan based on his progression, especially as we have AWB and Dalot ahead him. Then again he can play anywhere along the back four and along the wings so he'd defo be an asset to the squad in coming years.

    Just need to cancel Youngs contract to speed up his progress :lol:
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    jb8521 Full Member

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    Yeah Laird has been injured & only played his first game in months last week. O'Connor is captaining Ireland at the u19 Euros.
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    Adnan Full Member

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    Laird is a big talent with huge potential as a RB. The Coaching staff including Nicky Butt see him as a first team player in the not too distant future. It's a pity he suffered a long spell out with injuries last season or i'm sure he'd have gone on tour.

    Hopefully he can catch a break and steer clear of injuries because the potential is big. Things can change very fast in football and so can perceptions. Wan Bissaka was sent packing from lowly Cambridge at 20 years old, and alittle over a year later he's at United for £50m.
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    Adnan Full Member

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    TwoSheds More sheds (and tiles) than you, probably

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    To my mind, with Wan Bissaka and Dalot now both in the first team frame at right back we need to be thinking about where we can develop this guy so as to fit in best in the first team picture when the chance arrives. I would have thought that is either LB or CB so I'd like him to be working on that left foot, playing LB ideally. Williams can definitely play right back so I'd swap them over for now. Not that we shouldn't be ready to give Williams himself a chance of course, he has ability too and a lot of character. Tough one for the coaches for sure. Maybe Mengi could play RB from time to time and we stick Laird in the middle.
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    Adnan Full Member

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    Played very well against a Championship team and got on the score sheet with a fantastic strike. Hopefully he stays injury free this season because I foresee a very bright future for this lad. Will be the best attacking fullback at the club and he can defend too.
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    Bwuk Full Member

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    Tough route to first team behind AWB and Dalit. Could he play Lb? Good finish for his goal.
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    Catt Ole's at the wheel!

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    How much do you guys rate him?
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    Cassidy No longer at risk of being mistaken for a Scouser

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    Apparently can play anywhere across the back 4
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    Adnan Full Member

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    I actually think he'll beat out AWB from the RB position due to him being superior in attack and he can defend.
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    Spielmacher Full Member

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    That goal basically confirms that he is the new Maicon. Sell Wan-Bissaka and Dalot immediately.
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    Adnan Full Member

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    I rate him very highly and have predicted that he will make the RB slot his own within 2 years.
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    MUFC OK Full Member

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    The best prospect we have, along with Greenwood. I actually think he has world class potential.
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    Catt Ole's at the wheel!

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    Sounds good. Can I ask what his strenght's are?
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    Catt Ole's at the wheel!

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    Oh wow. So he's a RB but can play across the back for? How about right wing? :wenger:
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    MUFC OK Full Member

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    I think he is a RB and we shouldn't shoehorn him anywhere else. I've been a huge advocate of him in this thread and on twitter and I've said we are creating a problem by signing AWB when this lad will be ready in a year or two.

    Hope he signs a long term contract so that he doesn't go looking for first team football elsewhere.
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    Looks so comfortable in possession and almost like he's only currently playing in 3rd gear. Bright future.
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    Adnan Full Member

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    His strengths at fullback are his pace and the ability to get forward and link up with the attackers in a very Patrice Evra esque fashion at times. He loves to bomb forward but his defensive game is also coming along very nicely. He's also physically developed quite considerably in the last 2 years and looks a real powerhouse. He can play all across the back 4 which is a strength of his, but longterm I see him as the RB.

    He's basically a modern day fullback with huge potential. Only turned 18 a few days ago but i'm a big believer in his ability.
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    Catt Ole's at the wheel!

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    Still to be convinced that Dalot is good enough defensively for United. Seems very good offensively though. Something our coaches will have to work on with him, he has plenty of time to develop. I did think that he looked better at LB than RB in the couple of games he played there though. Would have no hesitation in giving Laird a run out now and again, and looks like he could become a very good utility defender, both full back positions, and possibly CB or DM. Think he has a big future at OT.
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    MUFC OK Full Member

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    I've been sold since seeing him put in a motm display in an u18's game aged 15. I remember thinking he could genuinely do a better job than Valencia at the time. His decision making for such a young player is fantastic.
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    Adam-Utd Part of first caf team to complete Destiny raid

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    This kid is fantastic isn't he? He defended so well, attacks brilliantly and his all round game is very good too. Seems to have immense stamina to go with being strong and quick.

    Apparently he can play left back just as well as the right side, so i'd love to see him getting some first team chances covering for Shaw in cup matches.

    It's almost a shame he wasn't a year or 2 older as he could have been our first choice, but having him battle Wan Bissaka for the next few years can only be a good thing.
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    AltiUn likes playing with swords after fantasies

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    I think he'll have overtaken Dalot by the end of the season, personally.

    I think Wan-Bissaka is absolutely fantastic but I rate Laird so highly I still wouldn't be surprised if he eventually displaced him in the first team, I have him up there with Gomes and Greenwood. Offensively I don't think there's many better than him at his level.
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    RedSky likes to kick 10-year-olds Scout

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    Aye, I raved about him last season. Looks quality. If he can play left back then surely we should focus him on that position because he's not going to get ahead of Wan Bissaka to be honest.
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    R'hllor Full Member

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    If we didnt extend contract to Young, he would have better chances.
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    A while back I read an article about this team being very careful about buying new players so they won't stall the development and break-through of promising youngsters; Now we've had many talented youngsters not make it and I've not seen Laird play, however we've been so poor over the past few years and having to buy ready-made players that I fear it will impact on the promising youths. Unless this also explains why Ole has been reluctant to buy in some areas.
    I guess time will tell.
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    AltiUn likes playing with swords after fantasies

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    There's a reason you haven't seen him. Laird was injured before Solskjaer took over, returned from injury for about 2 games, then spent the rest of the season injured. He's not long turned 18 either.