Tyler Blackett going the extra mile to make it at Manchester United

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Manchester United youngster Tyler Blackett's attitude has set him apart from other academy graduates and helped make him an ever-present under Louis van Gaal so far this term.

Blackett's remarkable early-season run will end this weekend, because the youngster is suspended for Saturday's clash with West Ham United after being sent off in the 5-3 defeat to Leicester City.

You can expect Van Gaal to keep faith with the 20-year-old though if a revealing piece in today's Daily Mail is anything to go by, with the defender's distribution impressing Man United coaches along with a determination and desire to keep improving.

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Strong support network

Blackett, who is out of contract at the end of the season, get rave reviews in the piece and it's revealed is the only member of the Man United squad to go in on a day off earlier this month for extra training, the night after a team bonding meal to help new signings bed in at Old Trafford.

The youngster did the same on Tuesday this week despite knowing he would have a weekend off from first-team action, all signs that have led former Man United defender Gary Neville to give him personal backing in a face-to-face meeting.

Neville is part of Roy Hodgson's England setup and has put Blackett forward to potentially be part of the next Three Lions squad, with the centre-back now being monitored very closely.

Passing stats impress

Beyond the grounded, mature attitude to his career and professionalism which is described in the article as 'impeccable' there's one reason in particular Van Gaal has thrust Blackett straight into the Premier League pressure cooker.

It's the starlet's ability to play out from the back which which has helped move him up the pecking order, along with injuries to the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

United's 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers a fortnight ago was the best example of this perceived strength. Blackett played 97 passes and 97.9% found the intended target in that match, statistics which suggest Van Gaal's view is not without foundation.

It's been a quite amazing three months for player still living with his parents, but with Van Gaal's support expect him to keep fighting for a starting spot and sign a new contract with United, with perhaps even a maiden international appearance on the horizon.

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