OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER will promote Ethan Laird to regularly train with his first-team squad.
The 18-year-old will join fellow academy graduates James Garner, Angel Gomes and Teden Mengi in sessions with senior stars.
Man Utd youngster Ethan Laird, 18, will train with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s senior squad
Laird, who is comfortable at right-back or in the centre, has impressed for the Under-23s after returning from injury at the start of the season.
Norwegian boss Solskjaer oversaw some of his youngsters in the 2-1 FA Cup win over Norwich City on Saturday.
Mason Greenwood, Brandon Williams and Marcus Rashford all came on in the extra-time win at Carrow Road.
And Solskjaer revealed that Laird will now sharpen his skills alongside Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Co.
Solskjaer said: “They keep on working every single day.
“Jimmy [Garner] is training with us, Ethan [Laird] will probably come in with the group, Teden has been there.
“Tahith and Angel have been working hard behind the scenes. Hopefully, they keep on developing and get an opportunity and I’m sure they’ll take it.”
Laird joined the United academy as a nine-year-old and has England caps at U17, U18 and U19 level.
He made his senior debut in the 2-1 defeat to Astana in November and also came on as a sub in the 4-0 win over AZ Alkmaar two weeks later.
By: Tom Sheen
Title: Man Utd will promote youngster Ethan Laird to first-team training, confirms Solskjaer as club look to the future
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/11974515/man-utd-promote-ethan-laird-first-team-solskjaer/
Published Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2020 11:30:35 +0000