Tyler Blackett has completed a move to Reading.
Tyler Blackett has completed a move to Reading.

Reading have completed a move for Tyler Blackett from Manchester United.

The 22-year-old has joined the Championship side on a three-year contract, leaving the Red Devils after playing for them since he was just eight-years-old.

Blackett endured an unsuccessful loan at Celtic last season, making just three SPL appearances during his campaign with the club.

Before that it had looked possible that the former England under-21s international might have a future at Old Trafford, having broken in to, and made 12 appearances for, the United first team during Louis van Gaal’s first season at the club.

Blackett has been capped at every England youth level from under-16s through to the under-21s.

However, it was not to be, and now the centre-back will look to establish himself at Reading under manager and Red Devils legend Jaap Stam.

“As we know, Tyler is a talented defender who has played for United’s first team,’ Stam said of his new arrival.

“He can play as a left-back or a left-sided centre-back; he has got great potential in the sense that he is quick and athletic, defensively he is strong and he is good at set-pieces.

“As a defender he can go and play high up the pitch as well, and that is what we need in the squad,” further said Stam.

With the arrival of Eric Bailly this summer adding to centre-back depth that already included the likes of Daley Blind, Chris Smalling, and Phil Jones, it was unlikely that Blackett was going to make much of an impression under Jose Mourinho at United.