James McCarthy advised to snub Manchester United move

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Manchester United legend Roy Keane has urged Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy to avoid a possible move to the former Premier League champions.

The Everton star has recently emerged on the Old Trafford radar, with the 23-year-old one of a number of names to appear on the Red Devils' transfer radar following the arrival of Louis van Gaal.

However, Keane does not believe a switch to Manchester United would be the best move for McCarthy at this stage of his career, and has advised him to stay put.

"He's only been at Everton two minutes," Keane told the Irish Times.

"He's obviously making good progress but I'm pretty sure that with Manchester United there'll be talk of lots of players going there at the moment but James is at a good club in Everton.

"He's had a decent couple of seasons and if he keeps progressing then who knows but I'm sure he's happy where he is."

Keane, who is currently assistant manager of the Irish national team, spent 12-years at Old Trafford under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, winning seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League.

However, the retirement of his former boss has seen a dramatic change in fortunes at Manchester United, with the club failing to qualify for Europe next season.

Van Gaal has subsequently been given the job of rebuilding the club after David Moyes, and then briefly Ryan Giggs, failed to change the club's fortunes.

And, if McCarthy was a target for the current Netherlands boss, then Keane does not believe it would be the right move to make.

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