The club announced a new deal for Blackett today which will keep him at the club until at least June 2017, with an option to extend for a further year.
Van Gaal said he was happy to see another youngster commit himself to United and insisted Blackett has the talent to play a big part in United’s future.
Speaking about Blackett, van Gaal said: “I am delighted that Tyler [Blackett] has signed a new contract. He is another young player that has risen through the Academy system to break into the first-team squad this season.
“Tyler has great potential and I believe he is at the right club to continue his development and progression to become a great defender.”
Van Gaal clearly believes in United’s youngsters and has given them a number of opportunities to prove themself during the campaign.