THE SECRET SCOUT: Ethan Galbraith has an old head on 19-year-old shoulders for Manchester United

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THE SECRET SCOUT: Manchester United’s teenage midfielder Ethan Galbraith has an old head on young shoulders and an excellent range of passes

  • Ethan Galbraith is a calming midfield influence with an old head on him
  • The Northern Ireland international has a range of passages and makes the right choice
  • He is still slender and needs some physical development to be in command

Our scout is a top football expert who attends matches every week in search of the next star.

This week, teenage Manchester United midfielder Ethan Galbraith is in the spotlight …

WHAT DOES HE HAVE?

Playing with highly regarded Manchester United players from the academy – some signing for a transfer fee – this 19-year-old Northern Ireland international stood out. Although small, he had a calming and confident influence in the midfield.

The phrase ‘old head on young shoulders’ came to mind as he directed the play from scratch, but with permission to get forward and overloaded. His pass selection appealed to me – playing short, receiving the return and knitting the midfield together.

Galbraith also spread the game and stretched the opposition. Two crossfield passes were exceptional – fast, accurate and no lofty, to deny the opposition full back time to intercept.

Ethan Galbraith has a calming influence on Manchester United's midfield at the academy

Ethan Galbraith has a calming influence on Manchester United’s midfield at the academy

WHAT DOES HE NEED?

He is only 5 feet tall and has yet to develop fully, although his lack of physicality didn’t deter him during midfield skirmishes.

On the contrary, a moment of humor in this game saw him turn away! But he didn’t look like an intimidator and he handled most of it nicely.

He seemed to have leadership qualities and players responded to his hunches.

Competition at the big clubs is fierce and only a small percentage advance to the senior level early.

Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood have done that at United, so it will be interesting to follow Galbraith’s progress.

The Northern Ireland international still has some physical development to do

The Northern Ireland international still has some physical development to do

The Northern Ireland international still has some physical development to do

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