Manchester United have a very promising academy, as emphasised by Mason Greenwood’s emergence last season as the 18-year-old has become a consistent starter for the club.
Some young stars need senior game-time elsewhere before they make they step up at the Red Devils, but one young star who looked to close to nearing a loan move might not get that chance following a recent setback.
Ethan Laird was playing in the EFL Trophy for the under-21 side in their 6-0 thrashing of League Two side Salford City but the full-back had to be replaced for the final 15 minutes as he appeared to pick up a hamstring injury in the second half.
The 19-year-old has made 54 appearances for the Red Devils’ youth teams and has recorded four goals and 13 assists, per Transfermarkt. He also has European experience as he has played in the UEFA Youth League and made his only two senior appearances for the club in the Europa League last term.
The defender had been one of four young talents set to be allowed to leave on loan, but his injury could scupper any temporary move away from Old Trafford, which is frustrating as he seemed to be ready for consistent senior football. Instead, this injury could stunt his growth and limit his exposure to first team football in 2020/21.
Hopefully the injury is not too bad and the defender can be playing back in the under-21’s as soon as possible, but for now he will probably have to wait until the next transfer window to get a loan move unless he recovers quickly and another club is willing to take a chance on him.
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