"They feel it's a really good place for Ethan to keep developing and learning, and so do we. As long as he can keep doing what he's doing, train hard, and he's finding some real consistency now which is really nice. I think the fans are enjoying him, the boys are definitely enjoying him and that's what it's about."

The words of Swansea City head coach Russell Martin ahead of their 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

The subject, of course, was Ethan Laird, the Manchester United youngster who has made such a good impression in south Wales in such a short space of time.

Martin has banged on constantly about signing players who not only fit his system but who are right for the group as well.

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Laird ticks both boxes, with his relationship with the head coach going back to their MK Dons days.

"The Ethan that came through the door at MK Dons is very different to Ethan Laird now, in terms of the way he plays and the way he behaves day to day," explained the Swansea boss.

"I had a brilliant chat with his dad when he signed here. His dad is really grateful for the amount of work and time we've put into Ethan and how we treat him as a person. He's really grown up.

"He's a brilliant character, a real extrovert, a really confident lad in a humble really way. He's brilliant for the group, especially the young guys because he's an old head on young shoulders.

"Regardless of the game, he plays with real intensity. He's got a bit of swagger and it comes from a big club. But, again, it's in a respectful way because he just wants to be a good player.

"We've loved him from day one at MK Dons, he was brilliant for us there and that was why we were so keen to get him here.

"He had a lot of interest from this league because of what he did last year, and the only reason he came here is because he trusts us, he enjoys working with us and he understands his role really clearly. So I'm really pleased we got him and he's showing now what he can bring, but there's definitely more to come from him."

A full season at Championship level is the next thing for Laird to master.

Forty-plus games for a player of his age - he's only 20, remember - will be instrumental in his education as a flying wing-back.

Against The Terriers he was every bit the marauding attacking defender, pushing supporters to the edge of their seats whenever he got the ball. It is players such as Laird who are worth the admission price alone.

He is fast becoming a fan favourite and one of the first names on the team sheet.

His short-term future lies in south Wales but long term he'll be eyeing a role back at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's right-back options at present are Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot, with calls for the latter to be given a run in the side ahead of the former growing louder.

Wan-Bissaka saw red in Europe in recently and although he did OK in the surprise defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday, right-back is an area that has yet to be nailed down in Solskjaer's system, despite them spending £50million on the former Crystal Palace man.

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United were linked with a mega-money move for Kieran Trippier over the summer, but at 31 and with price tag in the region of £35million it makes little business sense to pursue the former Tottenham defender.

The pockets are deep at clubs like Manchester United but in Laird they have a homegrown gem on their hands who could save them millions and provide cover and indeed competition at full-back for years to come.

Before joining Swansea on loan Laird maintained that his ambition was to make a name for himself at Old Trafford.

"Yeah, of course. I mean, that’s the club I’m at and that’s where I want to be," he said.

“Who knows, I can’t really give you a set answer on my future just yet, but I know that my long-term aim is to establish myself with United. Let’s just see what happens in the summer."

Swansea will be the beneficiaries of Laird this season, of course. It is the perfect example of the loan system working at its most effective. The player gets minutes, the loan side get a talented youngster for a season and the parent club will welcome back a more rounded individual with games under his belt at a decent level.

Like Marc Guehi before him, Laird is already showing he is a Premier League player in the making. Nothing is guaranteed at a huge club like Manchester United but should he carry on the same trajectory, Solskjaer will have another exciting option on his hands who could solve his headache.

For now, Swansea can benefit from one of the most exciting talents in the league.

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