Man United could have quite easily capitulated under the strain yet are only behind Manchester City, Southampton and Chelsea in terms of goals conceded in the Premier League this season.
Blackett has been rewarded for his efforts with a new contract at United until 2017, with the option of a further year. We asked our Twitter followers if Blackett could cement a spot in United’s first-team in the future:
@PeoplesPerson_ with time yes, not many defenders the athleticism and a left foot like him
— Will (@will_thomas7) February 26, 2015
— Khalid (@JonnyEvansed) February 26, 2015
— Subhash Pais (@Subhash_ati9) February 26, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ looks like a versatile squad player. LVG likes versatile players
— عفانفؤنفؤن (@Ipanponpun) February 26, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Absolutely not, right now. He has alot of improving to do.
— Nick Dooge (@doogie_nights) February 26, 2015
— Adje (@Adje_O) February 26, 2015
— Off The Post News (@offthepostnews) February 26, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ ANYONE BAR EVANS
— Daithí (@DOL17) February 26, 2015
The majority of fans seem to think Blackett will be used as a squad player, which is fair as United have looked far from solid at the back this season despite their good record. On the contrary, van Gaal feels Blackett can become great if he continues with his progression at the club.
A world-class centre back seems to be van Gaal’s priority, with players such as Mats Hummels and Raphael Varane repeatedly linked with moves to Old Trafford. Regardless of any incomings, fans will be happy to see a young player at United extend his stay at the club.