20-year-old defender Blackett had never made a senior appearance for the club prior to this season but has now become somewhat of a regular fixture in Louis van Gaal's side due to a lack of quality, experienced alternatives.
Huge pay increase
Despite many fans clearly holding reservations about his readiness for the top level, Van Gaal has clearly been impressed by the former Birmingham and Blackpool loanee and it is claimed that Manchester United are prepared to significantly increase his earnings at Old Trafford from a relatively measly £2,000-per-week to a massive £50,000.
That is a staggering improvement for a player who has such limited experience at the highest level and stands a reasonable chance of seeing his first-team opportunities decrease in the inevitable event that the Red Devils seek to strengthen their defensive options when the transfer window re-opens in January.
Blackett has made six appearances in total for Manchester United so far this term, returning to the fold for Sunday's tense 2-1 victory over Everton after missing the victory over West Ham thanks to a red card picked up for a rash, last-ditch challenge on Jamie Vardy during the eventful 5-3 defeat to newly-promoted Leicester City at the King Power Stadium last month.
Manchester-born Blackett's continued inclusion in Van Gaal's team had led to an expectation that he could be on the verge of earning a senior England call-up for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia due to Roy Hodgson's chronic lack of fit and available left-sided centre-backs.
That anticipated call-up never materialised, however, and Blackett was oddly also omitted from the Three Lions' U21 squad for the crucial play-off double-header against Croatia.
Such a snub will probably please Van Gaal to a certain extent, as the Dutchman continues to fight through a defensive injury crisis that has seen the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Paddy McNair all sidelined.
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