Tyler Blackett has signed a contract extension with United which will see him stay at the club until 2017, with the option of a further year.

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.

Louis van Gaal is pleased that the youngster has extended his stay at the club and believes he can become a great defender.

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.