Manchester United youngster Michael Keane has revealed that he didn't know that he'd be joining Burnley on loan until right near the end of deadline day - but now hopes to get the chance to strut his stuff in the Premier League.
The young defender is highly rated at Old Trafford and has been let out on loan in order to hone his skills before having a crack at the first team.
The 21-year-old has made just one Premier League appearance for Manchester United, and is now on the lookout for regular football. He's got until January to prove his worth and given the paucity of defensive options at Old Trafford he may well be given a chance when he returns in the new year - but only if he can impress at Turf Moor.
However it could have been very different were it not for a late call on deadline day.
‘It was hectic [on deadline day] and I didn't expect anything to happen when it got to 5pm but I had a call from my brother [Will] and he'd had a call from United saying Burnley were interested’, he told MUTV.
‘When I heard that there was a chance to go and get some games in the Premier League, perhaps more than I would at United, I wanted to jump at the chance.
‘He [manager Sean Dyche] came to St George's Park to speak to me that night and convinced me it was the right place to come to. Once I'd spoken to him, I agreed and I'm looking forward to the challenge’.
Keane is in with a chance of making his Burnley debut against Sunderland this weekend, although his place in the first team is far from assured.
"First things first, I want as many games as possible to show everyone I can play at Premier League level", he said. "I need to make myself known at this level and help Burnley climb the table.
"Obviously, because I'm in the same league as Manchester United, once I go into the United team, hopefully, I'll know what to expect playing in the Premier League and that will help me’.
Keane joins a host of Manchester United starlets currently out on loan. Nick Powell is being given a chance to shine at Leicester, Angelo Henriquez is with Dinamo Zagreb and Tom Cleverley is with Aston Villa. Javier Hernandez and Wilfried Zaha have been sent from Old Trafford on a temporary basis but both deals could be made permanent.
Those still at Manchester United will travel to Leicester this weekend in the hope of securing a second consecutive Premier League win.
They bagged their first competitive victory under new boss Louis van Gaal against QPR last weekend at Old Trafford, a result which moved them up to ninth in the table.
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