Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind may have been at Manchester United only since the summer, but Tyler Blackett says that he has already formed a good partnership with the two more experienced pros.
Blackett has broken into Louis Van Gaal's first-team set-up this season and has largely impressed with his performances in what has been a porous backline, and he says that he feels that the arrivals of Rojo and Blind have helped him.
The 20-year-old's only taste of senior football prior to this season was whilst on a loan spell at Birmingham City, but he was thrust into the first-team after a defensive crisis at United.
He coped well, but a sending-off against Leicester City, where the Red Devils crumbled to a 5-3 defeat, has left him having to fight for a place back in the starting line-up.
If he can claim it back, Blackett insists that he will be ready to perform again, and he feels that he has already adapted to playing with the £30 million summer signings.
"Marcos [Rojo] and Daley [Blind] have both come in and I think we have a good connection between us. We all want to succeed," he said to The Express.
“At first, I would have been happy just to gain experience by being in and around the squad. But now that I have played a few games, it is one of those situations when you are hungry for more.
“There is healthy competition among the defenders. We have banter in training and we are all pushing each other to improve. I want to play in every game and I am trying to impress the manager enough to keep my place in his team."
United take on Everton this weekend in the Premier League and they will be looking to continue their climb up the Premier League table.
The Red Devils took a while to click into gear, but they have some momentum behind them after two wins in three games, even if there are still concerns over the quality of their defence.
Van Gaal purchased a string of quality attackers and the added impetus that the side have going forward has driven them on to collect points.
United are now only two points behind Arsenal, who take on Chelsea this week, and if they can leapfrog the Gunners this weekend it will be another sign of the growing confidence that the club are gaining.