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.

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.