In an exclusive interview with former Manchester United hero and now Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, Louis van Gaal discussed the development of youngster Tyler Blackett.
The former Holland boss is renowned for placing his faith in younger stars with his most famous cases being Edgar Davids and Patrick Kluivert starting in the 1995 Champions League final as teenagers whilst at Ajax.
The 20-year-old central defender was a relatively unknown figure outside of Manchester having played the second half of last season on loan at Birmingham City.
Despite having never represented United in an official match before last weekend, his senior debut was a real highlight from an otherwise disappointing result.
|Team||Pos||Interception Won||Effective Clearance||Aerial Won||Ball Recovery||Accurate Pass||Apps||Mins|
|Tyler Blackett||Man Utd||DF||2||3||3||6||84||1||90|
As per the Opta stats table, Blackett was solid defensively throughout while maintaining a high number of accurate passes.
Boss van Gaal was pleased with his performance, although like any good manager the 63-year-old was also keen to point out which areas his young defender needs to improve.
“I think Tyler was playing his best match of the whole preparation [against Swansea]. But in his inexperience he gave the ball back too quickly. That’s not good, but he shall not make that error again, because of that. The impact of an error is much bigger,” he said, quoted by Gary Neville in the Telegraph.
Blackett is likely to feature more for the Old Trafford club following the summer exits of former defenders Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra.
Also comfortable at left-back, the Manchester-born star offers versatility – a trait which fits in well with the attributes van Gaal likes to have in his team.