Manchester United youngster Tyler Blackett has explained what he feels gives him extra incentive to do well at the club.
The young defender found himself instantly at the centre of attention of new manager Louis van Gaal, when the Dutchman found himself impressed by Blackett during pre-season.
That saw him thrown into the first team mix at the start of this season due to injuries and while he’s been inconsistent, he has shown potential that he can be a good player in United’s back four this season.
“I was brought up here in Manchester and playing now for United is like a dream come true. Hopefully, I'll continue to do my best for the club,” he told Manchester United’s website.
“Being a local lad, there's no extra pressure but it's something I thrive on. As one of the more local lads, I know what this club means. Don't get me wrong, the foreign players know Manchester United as well but being a local lad gives you extra incentive to do well.”
Blackett has been missing in recent games because he’s been suspended following the red card he received against Leicester City and he has even more incentive to do well, if he comes back into the team against Manchester City this weekend.
Blackett says he gets stick from City fans in the area of Manchester where he lives and if he plays well in a United win this weekend, he’ll have ultimate bragging rights to use.
“I'm from Hulme, right in the city centre. There are City fans where I live and I get a bit of stick now and again but it's all good banter and good to be around it. There's a lot more of them now!”
United’s defence has been one of the more vulnerable areas of their team this season and while there is pressure on van Gaal to sign an experienced defender this winter, United definitely have a talent in Blackett who is only going to get better and better.