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Michael Keane leaves Manchester United for Burnley

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Michael Keane was one Manchester United player involved in a flurry of late activity on transfer deadline day, with the defender joining Premier League rivals Burnley.

While the loan signing of Colombian striker Radamel Falcao and the departure of Danny Welbeck understandably stole the headlines after the window had closed, Manchester United also allowed Keane to move to Turf Moor on an initial loan move lasting until January, Goal report.

Exodus

Keane - whose twin brother Will also plays for the Red Devils - was the third young member of Louis van Gaal's squad to depart for one of the newly-promoted sides late last night, with Tom Lawrence and Nick Powell both heading to Leicester City, the former on a permanent deal while the latter on another loan. 

For Keane, such a switch across the North West obviously represents a greater opportunity to secure regular first-team football, something that is crucial at this juncture of his fledgling career.

It also provides a chance for the 21-year-old to prove to Van Gaal that he is capable of producing consistent performances at the top level on a regular basis.

Again, this is particularly important when you consider how short the Dutchman is on quality defensive options at present.

This will be Keane's fourth loan spell away from Old Trafford, with the England U21 international having been previously sent for similar stints in the Championship at Leicester, Derby and Blackburn.

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Busy deadline day

It was a unsurprisingly hectic last day of business for Manchester United in the summer transfer market.

While most expected Falcao to opt for Real Madrid or rivals Manchester City when it became clear he had little future at Monaco, the news that he was heading to Old Trafford on loan with a view to buy broke relatively early.

However, it was not confirmed by the club until the early hours of Tuesday morning, shortly after the announcement that Welbeck had moved to Arsenal in a permanent deal.

While the capture of another high-profile name has understandably excited the majority of Manchester United supporters and Van Gaal himself, one is left wondering again if it is the best use of the 20-time champions' considerable resources when you consider their aforementioned lack of strength at the back.

However, the loss of Welbeck - combined with speculation that Robin van Persie may have to undergo knee surgery - may just have made the addition of a new striker a necessity after all.

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