Blackett On Cloud Nine After Mile High Induction

Tyler Blackett is on cloud nine according to The Sun. The 20-year-old defender has exploded onto the scene this season after a promising pre season and having started all three Premier League games under Louis van Gaal so far.

Currently in Moldova awaiting the final qualifier for the 2015 European Under 21’s Championships, Blackett conducted his first major interview and revealed that since the trip home from the USA his feet have hardly touched the ground.

“I had to do my induction song on the planes intercom on the way home from Miami. As soon as the plane reached 38,000 feet all the youngsters and player that hadn’t done their induction were called up. I sang ‘Hold on we’re heading home’ by Drake, which was quite fitting as we were on our way back to Manchester”

It would seem spirits are high within the squad, and this positivity is rubbing off on Blackett who has really looked to grow into his new starting role on the left side of the defence. Van Gaal historically puts his faith in youth, and Blackett confirms this was the Dutchman’s plan from the start. The Manchester born Blackett stated he believed his preseason was the stepping stone he needed to make the jump to first team action and he always believed he would get such an opportunity.

Certainly the local lad has impressed in all corners of Old Trafford. His performances on the pitch have been encouraging to say the least, putting himself ahead of any one of Evans, Jones or Smalling in the pecking order and offering van Gaal something of an issue when choosing his next side (for the QPR game). Marcos Rojo is now available for selection, and with no other injuries there are three positions for five players. Blackett must surely be in contention. Of the 4 centre halves we’ve played this season he and Jones are the only two to come out with any sort of credit.

Blackett also revealed he has received help and advice from a United legend on Rio Ferdinand:

“I still speak with him now and he texts me after games. He was always good with young players especially defenders.”


Blackett reveals:

“He’d take me for training sessions on my own where he would give me tips on defending and what positions to take up.”

Having lost Danny Welbeck, questions about the identity of the club have been rife in the media, however, Blackett could well be the saving grace of the apparently ‘lost identity’ of young, local players coming through the ranks at the Theatre of Dreams. His cementing of a starting spot also adds weight to the belief that van Gaal does give youth a fair go in the first team, and allows hope for those coming through or those that have been left on the bench wanting action.

Though players that play in a similar position, like Rojo, have been bought in Blackett has done more than enough to warrant keeping his place regardless. Though the theme of football at the minute seem to point to new acquisitions are preferred to him. It will be interesting to see what van Gaal decides, but it would not come as a surprise to see Blackett make way for one of the new signings. I hope he doesn’t, but it isn’t my decision. Blackett has impressed and long may it continue. There’s a chance we could have seen the start of something special.


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