Manchester United prospect hoping to learn off £16m defensive recruit

Marcos Rojo playing for Argentina

Tyler Blackett says that he is hoping to learn from Marcos Rojo, after the Argentine's arrival at Manchester United.

Tyler Blackett says that he hopes to learn off Manchester United's summer singing Marcos Rojo, but he still wants to keep fighting for his place in the team.

The signing of Rojo is likely to mean that Blackett, who has been a regular in the opening stages of Louis Van Gaal's stewardship, has to take a back seat, but the youngster says he is looking to develop by watching the Argentine play.

"He looks good," Blackett said to Sky Sports. 

"Obviously, he is someone who plays in my position as well so he is somebody I can look up to and learn off, but hopefully challenge for a place in the team too.

“He’ll get stuck in when the time is right and get a foot in there, but he’s got a good left foot on him so he’ll be good for the team and adds that balance that we need."

Blackett's form has been one of the brighter sparks in what has been a disappointing start to the season for the Red Devils.

The 20-year-old, whose only previous experience of first-team football came at Blackpool and Birmingham City, has been a regular feature at the heart of United's defence for the opening United's Premier League campaign, but the new singings are likely to force him out of the team.

Van Gaal had been impressed by Blackett's form over pre-season and he clearly trusted him to make an impact at the top-level, but he wasn't a short-term solution.

Although Blackett is a hope for the future, there was a recognition that United needed to bring in some quality defenders and, as a result, Rojo and Daley Blind were both brought to the club over the summer.

The pair look likely to be mainstays in the United side after joining and they could make their debuts at the weekend when Van Gaal's side take on QPR.

The experienced Dutchman has yet to make a positive impact at Old Trafford, but after the international break he will have all his big-money signings available for selection and that should aid the club's task of climbing up the league table.

Their first chance to make the statement will be on Sunday and anything but a win against QPR will be considered a major disappointment. 

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