By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

29th Jul, 2022 | 11:10am

Manchester United youngster Ethan Laird wanted by Watford - report

Manchester United defender Ethan Laird is attracting interest from Watford, who are pondering a loan move for the youngster, according to Laurie Whitwell.

The highly rated 20-year-old is in need of game time and has already been on three loans to lower division sides in the past, including Bournemouth and Swansea.

The Athletic reporter has now reported that Laird is attracting Championship interest and could be set for his fourth loan away from the club.

Whitwell said: “Watford have opened talks with United over Laird, with a season-long loan being discussed.

“Laird, who did well on the club’s tour to Thailand and Australia, needs to get regular minutes after a promising time at Swansea City and AFC Bournemouth last season.

“Laird, a 20-year-old product of the club’s youth academy, has spent loan spells at MK Dons, Swansea, and Bournemouth in the last two seasons.

“Watford remain in the market for a homegrown right-wing back and are considering various options.”

Another loan for Laird?

Laird came through the Man United youth academy and is one of their most promising talents, as shown by the clubs that have wanted his services in the past.

The right-back, is of Jamaican descent, has spent 12 years at the Red Devils and is highly spoken of amongst youth coaches and fans, making two appearances for his boyhood club before his 21st birthday.

He has the qualities of a modern-day full back, having an abundance of energy, electric pace as well as possessing quality on the ball and the ability to affect the game offensively.

The Man United defender is excellent at taking on opposition defenders, is a good facilitator and has strong crossing ability, leading to many assists for the defender.

The proposed move to Watford would be a good one for him as he has played in the Championship level before, and the division has a strong track record of helping young players develop.

A loan where he can play a solid 30 games for a club, gain some valuable experience, and really be able to find himself as a player would do him a world of good.

In other Manchester United news, Alvaro Fernandez has joined Preston on loan.