There have been high hopes for the youngster this season following his rise to the first team. The 21-year-old received great praise from Louis van Gaal during pre-season, following his impressive run of games under the manager’s initial 3-5-2 formation. Blackett showed elements of class in the centre-back role, and there was beginning to be a sense of optimism going into the start of the season.
However, Blackett struggled to maintain his starting spot. He found it hard to continue his good form against the likes of Swansea, Sunderland and Leicester in which neither game lead to a win. He also saw red against Leicester City as he recklessly brought down the striker Leonardo Ulloa. The defender also played a part in the final minutes against Arsenal which ended in a 1-1 draw. Since then, Blackett hasn’t shown his consistent potential which was observed in pre-season.
With the upcoming season drawing nearer, Manchester United will be looking to cement some defensive cover in the transfer window. With the new talent which will be arriving, Blackett will find it hard to make appearances. So he will need to make them count, and prove his worth at United if he hopes to become a regular first choice. The secret to finding the players return to form could be his positioning. During this past season he has played as a left-back as well as a centre-back. His greatest period was when he was consistently played at centre-back. With a bit more faith from Van Gaal, Tyler Blackett could receive a run of starts which would not only improve his confidence, but would also see the player that was once distinguished in pre-season return. The manager confirmed via official Manchester United website following the players recent contract renewal:
“I am delighted that Tyler has signed a new contract. He is another young player that has risen through the Academy system to break into the first-team squad this season. Tyler has great potential and I believe he is at the right club to continue his development and progression to become a great defender.”
Blackett has also added:
“I’m thrilled to have signed my new contract. I have supported United all my life and have been here since I was eight years old. To come through the Academy and make my debut this season was a dream come true. I want to keep improving within the first-team squad with the help of the manager, coaches and the players around me.”
It is clear that the youngster wants to succeed and continue his learning and development. It is important that such players like Blackett that come through the academy, are given continuous support and effective coaching. This could help build Manchester United a new foundation for the future. There is no doubt that the manager, the players, and the coaching staff will do all they can to continue nurturing Blackett so that he can become the defender Manchester United require.
This article was researched and written by Matt Coley. You can follow him on Twitter.