Tyler Blackett has been omitted from Jose Mourinho’s 25-man pre-season squad ahead of their trip to China.
The squad, which was announced on Tuesday morning, will take on Borussia Dortmund on 22 July in Shanghai.
Blackett, who returned to Carrington last week after his loan spell at Celtic came to an end, featured in the second half of Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic
However, the 22-year-old will get the chance to impress the boss in pre-season, amplifying noise surrounding an impending departure.
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In a way, Blackett’s future was written on the wall as soon as Mourinho came into the frame. Despite his aptitude of maintaining composure on the ball, Blackett simply doesn’t fit the 53-year-old’s conception of a centre half, which revolves around superb positional sense and a no-nonsense attitude, coupled with supreme energy and discipline.
As a rough diamond, Blackett could, in time, develop these traits under the tutelage of the Special One. But it seems as if the Englishman will instead fall victim to Mourinho’s ruthless trimming exercise at Old Trafford, where he intends to marshall a compact 23-man squad.