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Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett joins Reading

Last updated 4 years ago | By Reuters

Football - Aberdeen v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership - Pittodrie Stadium - 12/9/15Celtic's Tyler BlackettAction Images via Reuters / Graham StuartLivepic

Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett joined Championship club Reading on Monday, signing a three-year contract.

The 22-year-old England under-21 spent last season on loan at Celtic, where he won a Scottish League winner's medal.

Left-sided defender Tyler Blackett had a spell at Celtic last season but only made nine appearances

Reading manager Jaap Stam, formerly a defender with United, said Blackett's versatility was a key factor in the move.

"He can play as a left-back or a left-sided centre-back; he has got great potential in the sense that he is quick and athletic, defensively he is strong and he is good at set pieces," Stam told Reading's website (www.readingfc.co.uk).

"As a defender he can go and play high up the pitch as well, and that is what we need in the squad."

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