Breaking through at Manchester United - Tyler Blackett

Rules for signing at a professional academy can limit the choices on offer for young players. Getting picked by a pro club is a nod towards the status of standard at that moment in time. When that pro club is one of the biggest in the world, excitement can go through the roof.

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The dream was made a reality for Tyler Blackett, who joined Manchester United's academy in 2002 as a 7-year-old. 

Year after year he proved himself to the point of being offered a professional contract by Sir Alex Ferguson. Ten years after first joining. Having beaten off the opposition of peers in his academy life, first-team football was to be the next challenge for the ball-playing defender.

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