“I am delighted that Tyler has signed a new contract,” said United manager Louis van Gaal, who handed another academy product, Paddy McNair, a new contract earlier this month. “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 is keen to promote youth players from the academy and although Blackett has not played since January 11, he is clearly in the Dutchman’s long-term plans. Blackett, who hails from Hulme, which is within two miles of Old Trafford, was delighted to commit his future to a club he has been at for the last 12 years. “I’m thrilled to have signed my new contract,” the defender said. “I have supported United all my life and have been here since I was eight years old. “To come through the academy and make my debut this season was a dream come true. Tyler Blackett has signed a two-year contract extension at Manchester United. Press Association The United academy product made his debut against Swansea on the opening day of the season and has since gone on to make another nine appearances for the club. The 20-year-old’s contract was due to expire in the summer, but he has agreed a new deal that will keep him at the club until June 2017, and there is an option to extend by another year. “I want to keep improving within the first-team squad with the help of the manager, coaches and the players around me.” United later confirmed 21-year-old left-back Reece James had also signed a contract extension. James scored twice in Van Gaal’s first friendly as United manager against the Los Angeles Galaxy last summer, but his only competitive appearance came in the 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat to MK Dons. James spent six weeks on loan at Championship side Rotherham earlier this season.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Fresh from his match-winning Man-of-the-Match performance, Alzarri Joseph, says he is not putting any limits on his fledgling career as he seeks to make full use of his potential.The 23-year-old pacer took four for 32 off 10 overs in a Man-of-the-Match performance as West Indies pulled off a comfortable five-wicket win over Ireland in the first One-Day International at Kensington Oval on Tuesday.Playing his 23rd ODI, the Antiguan recorded his best figures in the Caribbean and the second best of his career, behind the five for 56 he took at the Oval against England back in September, 2017. It was also the second time he took four-for at Kensington Oval – following his four for 76 against England three years ago.“I don’t want to set numbers on my career; I don’t want to set limits. What happens if you set targets and numbers and then you don’t reach them?” Joseph said.“My goal is to take as many wickets as I can, to win as many matches as I can for West Indies, to improve, to get better … to always better myself … to be the very best I can be.”He continued: “I’m feeling good about my performance today. I put in some really good work on the training ground and I worked really hard on the last tour of India so I got some reward today.“I’m not sure if I was back to top pace, or anything like that … that’s not my main focus at the moment. My main focus is consistency every time I bowl, to be on top of length and line.”Joseph entered the attack first-change after Ireland opted for first knock, and his first spell broke the back of the visitors’ batting.He was well supported by leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr, who took two wickets from his 10 overs, and had an economy rate of just three runs per over, in his first match for West Indies on home soil. Left to chase just 181 for victory, the Windies were carried by Evin Lewis who played a number of breathtaking shots in a sizzling run-a-ball 99 not out. He struck 13 boundaries and two leg-side sixes – both coming in one over for pacer Mark Adair.There was drama at the end as Lewis missed out on a six by mere inches, which would have taken him to his third ODI century.“I must say very well played to Evin, the way he went about the chase was great to see. We were all hoping that he got to the hundred,” Joseph noted.