Manchester United to hand £50k-per-week contract to 20-year-old prospect - report

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According to reports, Manchester United are poised to hand a new contract to Tyler Blackett worth £50,000 per week.

Life under Louis van Gaal was never going to be quiet, and so it has proved for Manchester United. The Dutchman has shipped out many players deemed as 'dead wood', whilst also spending £150m on new talent as he brought Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao to Old Trafford.

Yet van Gaal has also tried to bring through some youngsters. After all, he is the man famed for bringing through the likes of Michael Reiziger, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Marc Overmars, Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol, Andres Iniesta, Thomas Muller, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber during his time at Ajax, Barcelona and then Bayern Munich.

So far, the likes of Patrick McNair, Tyler Blackett, Jesse Lingard and James Wilson have played a part in van Gaal's side, and one of them could be set for a huge reward for his fine performances this season.

Blackett, 20, came through the ranks at Old Trafford having joined at the age of eight, and after loan spells with Blackpool and Birmingham City, he's made his way into the United first team this season. His versatility to play both left back and centre back appeals to van Gaal, which means he's played six games for the Red Devils so far this term, though he did get sent off against Leicester City.

Despite that, van Gaal is believed to be a big fan of Blackett, and reports suggest that a new contract worth £50,000 per week could be on offer to the England Under-21 international - far more than his current £2,000 per week deal.

It just goes to show much trust van Gaal has in his young players, as the report also states that the Dutchman has told the United hierarchy to make sure Blackett is rewarded for a superb start to his first season as a Manchester United first-team contributor.

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