Tyler Blackett has signed for Championship side Reading two years on from his surprise breakthrough season at Manchester United.
Reading have signed defender Tyler Blackett from Manchester United on a three-year deal.
Blackett was handed a surprise debut in Louis van Gaal's first Premier League game in charge of United in August 2014, a 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City, and went on to make 12 first-team appearances that season.
The 22-year-old spent last term on loan with Celtic, but only played eight times for the Scottish champions and, with a route into Jose Mourinho's first-team plans appearing unlikely, he will continue his profession below former United fans' favourite Jaap Stam in the Championship.
"As we know, Tyler is a talented defender who has played for United’s 1st team," said Reading boss Stam.
"He can play as a left-back or maybe a left-sided centre-back; he has got fantastic potential inside the sense that he's fast and athletic, defensively he is strong and he is good at set-pieces.
"As a defender he can go and play high up the pitch also and that may be what we have to have in the squad."
Blackett may be the newest defensive United academy item to leave the club through the current transfer window just after Paddy McNair and Donald Really like - both of whom also produced debuts beneath Van Gaal - moved to Sunderland.