Blackett agrees new Manchester United deal

The 20-year-old defender made his debut in Louis van Gaal's first competitive fixture in charge and has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with an option for a further season
Manchester United have handed a new contract to defender Tyler Blackett, which sees the 20-year-old commit to Old Trafford until at least June 2017.

The academy product made his debut for United against Swansea City on the opening day of the 2014-15 Premier League season and has gone on to make 10 appearances in all for the club.

He has been rewarded for his progress with a fresh two-and-a-half-year deal, with an option to extend his stay for a further 12 months.

"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," Blackett told the club's official website.

"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 added: "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."