There is already one Keane who has forced his way into Manchester United’s history books, but, according to Leicester City defender Wes Morgan, there could be another before too long.
Defender Michael Keane is currently on-loan at Leicester from the Premier League giants and has been in exceptional form, earning himself rave reviews from his central defensive partner, and captain at Leicester, Morgan.
Morgan said: "I have been so impressed with him.
"To come here from Manchester United reserves, where he played mainly with lads his own age, to step into the Championship where you play week in and week out, and it is hustle and bustle, where there is no respite and lots of experienced players, he has done remarkably well.
“He is definitely one for the future. I have no doubt he will play for United's first team.”
Keane has already appeared for United’s first team having made his debut as a substitute in their League Cup fourth round tie at Aldershot last season. He has since made two further senior appearances for United, making his full debut in their 2-1 victory over Newcastle United in this season’s League Cup. The 20-year-old earned praise for his performance in this tie, with experienced campaigner Darren Fletcher calling him “fantastic” and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson commenting that he “handled it well.”
Keane’s progression through the ranks at United has been full of such praise as, having been a key figure in their 2011 FA Youth Cup winning team, he went on to be voted last season’s Reserve Player of the Year. He won the award with an impressive 60% of the votes after playing 30 games, more than any other player at this level, and scoring five goals.
Given the fierce competition for first team places at United, it was no surprise when Keane was sent out on loan in November last year to further his development.
Having initially struggled with injury, Keane has since cemented his place in the heart of Leicester’s defence, making 16 appearances and scoring three goals for the club.
With his loan being extended until the end of the season, Keane will surely be a central part in Leicester’s push for promotion to the Premier League and, according to Morgan, there is still much more to come from the England under-19 international.
Morgan concluded by saying: "He will definitely be a star of the future. “If that is at Manchester United or another big club, who knows? But he definitely will be one of the players people will talk about."
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