Forgotten Man Utd star dubbed ‘little Iniesta or Xavi’ confirms exit after six years at Old Trafford

MANCHESTER UNITED midfielder Ethan Galbraith has confirmed he will leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.

The 22-year-old has made just one first-team appearance for the Red Devils – which came under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the Europa League in 2019.

Ethan Galbraith will leave Old Trafford at the end of the seasonGetty

He has had loan spells with Doncaster and SalfordGetty

He spent the 2021-22 campaign on loan at Doncaster where he played 36 games for the League One side.

And this season he has been a part of Salford’s team – which is owned by Man Utd legends Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs.

Northern Ireland international Galbraith has been with United since arriving from Limerick six years ago.

But now his exit has been announced on social media.

Speaking on Instagram, the central midfielder said: “After 6 years, my time has come to an end with this magnificent club at Manchester United.

“I want to thank the club, coaching staff and players for helping me become a better player, a better person and for making me feel at home.

“My earliest ambition as a boy was to become a professional footballer and I’m forever grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity and support to fulfil that dream.

“It’s been a privilege and I feel very fortunate to have been able to represent the club.

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“I step into the next chapter of my career a more mature well rounded person and I’m excited for what’s next…”

Following his Man Utd debut, ex-Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough described Galbraith as their country’s Andreas Iniesta or Xavi.

Speaking in 2020, he said: “Not to put too much pressure on his shoulders, but he’s our little Iniesta or Xavi.

“[He’s] someone who can get on the ball and manipulate the ball and find positive passes.

“Over the coming years, he will give us a different flavour to the squad.”

Galbraith has earned two international caps but has not featured for his country over the past three years.

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