Martin Keown on United prospect he likes: He has 'nastiness'!

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Legendary Arsenal defender is particularly enamoured with one up-and-coming Manchester United centre back.

Manchester United centre back prospect Tyler Blackett, 20, who has been at the club since he was eight-years-old, has been earmarked by former Arsenal stalwart Martin Keown as one to watch for the future.

Blackett has been a mainstay in Louis van Gaal's line-up but was recently dismissed from the pitch after he earned a red card from referee Mark Clattenburg due to a last-ditch challenge during his club's 5-3 loss to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Keown, though, believes neither the player, van Gaal, nor the club's world-wide fan-base should be too downhearted over the setback to Blackett's career as, thus far, he has shown great promise with his "nastiness" an asset that has seen Keown warm to him.

"He is strong with and without the ball, has a bit of nastiness about him — which I like — and has good pace and technical ability," explained Keown to the Daily Mail recently.

Blackett is a physically-adept athlete and is over 6-foot, two inches tall, however, if there is one area where the youngster can improve it is making use of his height in order to win aerial battles.

"He just needs to be stronger in the air and show his determination over 90 minutes, not just in flashes," Keown asserted. "Facing [Leicester City attacker] Jamie Vardy, who was a bit like Craig Bellamy — annoying to play against but outstanding — was tough [for Blackett]."

Blackett has a passing accuracy of 88% and, on average, clears the ball over five times per game and returns at least one successful tackle per match, also.

England manager Roy Hodgson is reportedly keeping tabs on Blackett's rise to prominence - a journey that has seen the young Lion transition from a loan star last season to a first team United player this year.

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