Oklahomastate010 wrote:Man, I remember watching him come into the scene at United alongside McNair and thinking they had possibly secured some great young talents. It turned out to not be the case and he’s had a very mediocre career with Reading over the past three years now. He’s lined up at LB just about every game only moving inside on occasion. His defending isn’t this good, his passing accuracy seems to have dipped, and his TW is often suspect
Agree with you on everything.
Blackett just made it to the 1st-team under LvG because he was decent with the ball at his feet and could play in a back-three, and that's what he was asking his players to have. He did fine at first, and played to his strenghts, but not long after that, his flaws re-surfaced and he was dropped.
Before that, I can remember him in a Ferguson's pre-Season squad in South-Africa, but after that he had never been good at any of his loan-spells away from the club.
McNair was a different player imo. He could play at least three positions Center-Back, Defensive/Central-Mid, Right-Back and even Left-Back on occasion. He had good all-around skills but quality-wise never good enough for a starter. Just your typical United versatile back-up Defender of the past, e.g. O'Shea, Wes Brown and David May. He could still do a decent job in that role to be honest, however left Man Utd because Jose wanted to loan him out, but preferred to leave permanently because he wasn't given a chance.