Manchester United boss David Moyes was in the crowd for the Cotton Mills Derby between fierce rivals Blackburn and Burnely as he looks to lay the foundations for his summer rebuild.
The target of Moyes' eyes is likely to have been the performance of 20-year-old Red
Devil loanee and centre-back Michael Keane.
The youngster certainly didn't do his chances of a future at Old Trafford. Although Blackburn were ultimately beaten 2-1, Keane looked calm and assured throughout. He read the play well and distributed the ball comfortably.
More importantly, Keane kept potent strike force of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes under wraps for the majority of the 90 minutes.
Burnley's Ings and Vokes has scored more goals than any duo other than Sturridge and Suarez but under Keane's watchful eye they struggled to make an impression. When Burnley did manage to score the young Manchester United loanee was not at fault.
Rarely in the last two decades would Keane's chances of breaking into the Manchester United squad have been brighter. Not only have Man Utd suffered a below par season but the centre-back position is about to undergo a changing of the guard.
Captain Nemanja Vidic is already confirmed to be departing for Inter Milan at the end of season. Meanwhile stalwart Rio Ferdinand has yet to have his contract renewed and aged 35 looks likely to be released also.
Whilst Jonny Evans and Phil Jones are odd-on to be United's first choice centre back pairing next season a spot is clearly open to be the backup centre back. Not only is Keane the obvious choice in the squad but Moyes is unlikely to spend money on a back up centre back when invested is urgently needed at left back, right back and throughout the midfield.
After Moyes' scouting trip to Ewood Park and Keane's assured performance the Stockport-born lad looks to have a bright future indeed.
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