Tyler Blackett is one of seven youth team players who have been given their debut by Louis van Gaal this season. Blackett played 90 minutes in every game until his suspension after a red card against Leicester saw him lose his place in the team.
Blackett, from Hulme, has spoken about what it means to him to play for this club, ahead of the Manchester derby this weekend.
It means everything to me. I was brought up here in Manchester and playing now for United is like a dream come true. Hopefully, I’ll continue to do my best for the club. Being a local lad, there’s no extra pressure but it’s something I thrive on. As one of the more local lads, I know what this club means. Don’t get me wrong, the foreign players know Manchester United as well but being a local lad gives you extra incentive to do well. You know the history and which players have come through with my being here all through the ranks. I know what it means to me and my family as well. Everyone in my family is a United fan and have always watched United over the years. With fans from both sides of Manchester being in the stadium, it provides an extra atmosphere to the ground. The derby is a great game to play in.”