Tyler Blackett set for £50,000-a-week contract extension

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Manchester United's young English defender Tyler Blackett is set to be offered a new contract worth £50,000-a-week after delivering a series of good performances, according to the Daily Mail.

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Blackett reportedly earns a meagre £2,000 a week at Old Trafford, but that will soon change, as manager Louis van Gaal is believed to be very impressed with the youngster's rapid progress and a series of impressive performances for the first team. 

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Blackett, who recently returned to first team action after receiving a red card in United's humiliating 5-3 defeat at Leicester City, is seen as the future of the Red Devil's back-line. 

Manchester connection 

Blackett is a born and bred Mancunian. The 20-year-old joined United at the tender age of just eight. So there's no dubiety in the minds of United supporters when it comes to the young defender's commitment to the team.

The fans were left nonplussed this summer after the sale of another Manchester local Danny Welbeck to Arsenal. United's huge success and ruthless dominance in the league is always believed to be down to the spirit that their homegrown players bring to the team.

Gary and Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt are a few names that fit the tag of 'Manchester's very own' and young Blackett is right on course to establish himself as one of the best defenders United's famed academy has ever produced. 

"It's still something that feels a bit unreal. I love being inside Old Trafford, putting my boots on and taking in the atmosphere," says Blackett.

"This is the only club I've ever wanted to be at and I'm just so happy I've reached this level."

Battle with Angel Di Maria

One surprising quality that Blackett possesses is his ability to take free kicks. And the young defender is keen to challenge United's record signing Angel Di Maria for the crown of United's chief set-piece specialist.

The youngster once scored a thunderous free-kick from 20 yards out against Swansea in the 2012 FA Youth Cup. The 20-year-old is set to be picking up tips from the Argentine international in United's Carrington training ground and hopes to be given a chance to showcase his talent on the pitch. 

In an interview with BBC Match of the Day Magazine, Blackett said: "Hopefully further on into the season, you'll get to see me take one.

"I'd certainly be happy to if the opportunity came up. For now though, Angel's the expert so I'm just looking up to him."

Blackett has certainly been impressed with Di Maria after watching him score from a direct free-kick against QPR at Old Trafford earlier this season. With three goals and three assists in five games, the Argentine has been in tremendous form for the Red Devils.

"He's been amazing. He's one of the world's best players and the things that he does in training really make us stop and stare," Blackett said of Di Maria. 

"The dribbling, the close control, these are things that a lot of players would like to have, but that not everybody's got!

"He really is special!" 

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