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Manchester United sell another talented young defender as Mourinho continues youth clearout

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After having sold Paddy McNair and Donald Love to Sunderland last week, Manchester United's new boss Jose Mourinho has axed another talented young defender from his squad with Tyler Blackett having moved to Championship side Reading on a three year contract.

The 22-year-old defender first joined the Red Devils in his hometown of Manchester at the age of eight, and now links up with a former United defender in the shape of Reading's current boss Jaap Stam at the Madejski Stadium.

After progressing through the Academy ranks at Carrington, Blackett turned pro at Old Trafford in the summer of 2012 under Sir Alex Ferguson.  With the experienced figure of Patrice Evra regularly occupying the left-back berth, Blackett moved on loan to Blackpool the following season to get his first taste of competitive first-team football.

His pro debut came as a 19-year-old as Blackpool travelled to Nottingham Forest, where he played the entirety for the Seasiders and helped them to a 1-0 win – keeping a side that included former Royals Jamie Mackie, Nathaniel Chalobah and Simon Cox at bay.

After 4(+1) appearances in league and cup for the Lancashire side, the defender then made his second loan spell away by joining fellow Championship side Birmingham City for the remainder of the 2013/14 campaign and featured in 6(+2) games for the Blues.

The 2014/15 season was a breakthrough year for Blackett in Man United’s first team.  After impressing Dutch boss Louis van Gaal in pre-season, he was handed his Premier League debut on the opening day of the new campaign at home against Swansea.  He went on to play a further 10 top-tier games for the reigning champions that season, most notably playing the duration in a 4-0 demolition of QPR and in a 2-1 triumph against Arsenal at the Emirates.

Blackett continued his development north of the border in the 2015/16 campaign as he linked up with Glasgow giants Celtic.  As well as playing his part in a Scottish Premiership title-winning league campaign for the Bhoys, he also added continental experience to his game during Europa League matches against Ajax, Fenerbache and Molde.

Like fellow summer arrivals John Swift and Liam Moore, Blackett has represented England at youth level.  His first involvement came in 2009 when he helped the Under-16 squad to retain the Victory Shield.

Since then, he has stepped up through the age groups to win a total of nine caps for the Young Lions.

He will link up with his new teammates in training for the first time this week, and has been handed squad number 24 with the Royals.