MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly considering sending young trio Ethan Galbraith, Arnau Puigmal and Ethan Laird out on loan in January.
The Manchester Evening News reports the talented youngsters, all 19, had been looked at for loan moves in the summer but remained at Old Trafford, partially due to injuries.
Northern Ireland youngster Ethan Galbraith could be loaned outCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Spanish starlet Arnau Puigmal is set for a temporary move from Old TraffordCredit: Getty – Contributor
Ethan Laird could be shipped out for more experience in JanuaryCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Laird and Puigmal were both reportedly carrying minor knocks at the back end of the transfer window with Galbraith also out of action in September and October.
All three have taken part in senior training under the watchful eye of boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Northern Ireland midfielder Galbraith made his Red Devils debut in the Europa League defeat to Astana last year after joining in 2017.
But despite having failed to add to his senior appearances, the central midfielder has impressed national boss Ian Baraclough, who compared him with Barcelona legends Andres Iniesta and Xavi.
Baraclough called him into the full squad after impressing with the Under-21s and said: “Not to put too much pressure on his shoulders, but he’s our little Iniesta or Xavi.”
Galbraith is believed to have a big future ahead of him and signed a new three-year deal with an option for a further 12 months at Old Trafford just last month.
Team-mate Laird stars at right-back and could provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka in years to come.
After impressing with United’s Under-23s, Solskjaer gave him a couple of run outs with the first team in the Europa League last year.
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He joined United aged just nine and the England Under-19 ace has penned a deal until 2023.
Laird has, however, struggled with injuries and admitted to ‘sulking’ when first picking up knocks.
Spanish youth international Puigmal is a physical midfielder who is adept with both feet.
His preferred position is centre-mid but he can also cover right-wing and right-back.
He came through Espanyol’s youth system and United edged out Barcelona to snare him in July 2017.
He described the move as the ‘best moment in my life’ and has impressed in the Under-23s but is still awaiting a senior debut.
United are believed to want their starlets to pick up more senior experience after other prodigious youngsters like James Garner – who moved to Championship side Watford – were sent out on season-long loans.
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