Ethan Laird is expected to be on his way out of Manchester United on a permanent basis with Championship clubs showing an interest in his services.
The highly-rated full-back spent the 2022/23 campaign on loan at Queens Park Rangers and made 33 appearances in all competitions. He showed signs of promise despite the frequent change of managers at Loftus Road.
But the attacking right-back’s impressive stint in England’s second-tier is unlikely to open the door to United’s first team. He’s determined for regular minutes and knows his best chance of that happening is away from his boyhood club.
Manchester United are not looking for a new right-back this summer
Both Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have enjoyed a fine maiden season under Erik ten Hag, bringing different skill sets to the table. Considering their form, the Dutch coach has also shelved his search for a new right-back.
Further, Laird’s contract at United expires next summer, with the club recently triggering his additional year. As per The Athletic, the expectation is that the academy talent will be sold before the end of the summer window. Before he moved to QPR last season, the Red Devils wanted Laird to sign a new contract, but a deal could not be agreed.
Laird is determined to play regularly. He knows his best chance of that happening is away from United and Championship clubs are already showing an interest in signing him.
While Laird is set to part ways with United, Ten Hag is open to giving Amad Diallo, who also spent last season in the Championship, an opportunity to showcase his talent during pre-season. It is understood that the most likely scenario is for the manager to assess the winger this summer and perhaps send him on loan to another Premier League side.