Michael Keane reveals disappointment at missed Manchester United opportunity

Published Add your comment

On loan Manchester United defender Michael Keane has revealed that he is gutted by the fact that he left the club to get more first-team opportunities, only for them to open up at Old Trafford in his absence.

The 21-year-old, who moved to Burnley on a season-long loan in order to continue his development this term, was quoted by local paper the Lancashire Telegraph as admitting that his current situation was hard to take, what with Louis van Gaal’s United suffering a defensive crisis.

A disappointing move

Though the likes of Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo were always going to be sitting ahead of him in the pecking order at his parent club, Keane has patiently waited for game-time at Burnley as his former teammates have fallen by the wayside.

Van Gaal has even been forced to call upon fellow academy graduates Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett, with Michael Carrick also having been used as a centre-back to cope with the loss of personnel.

Keane reflection

What makes Keane’s switch to the Clarets even more regrettable is the fact that prior to Burnley’s clash with Aston Villa at the weekend he hadn’t even started a game for the club, and only 20 minutes had been afforded to him through substitute appearances.

Article continues below

“I know I would have got games there but it’s just one of those things,” Keane said.

“I’m obviously gutted about that but I have to just focus on what I am doing at Burnley.

"I’m obviously gutted about that but I have to just focus on what I am doing at Burnley"

“While I am disappointed the main thing for me is to play games, I would have been doing that at United but there was nothing I could do to get back there so the second best thing is to be playing here.”

Whether not Keane will retain his spot in the heart of Sean Dyche’s defence for the upcoming clash with Newcastle, having helped them draw against Paul Lambert’s Villa 1-1, remains to be seen. The chances are though that he will be more inclined to be thinking about the future, and his return to United at the end of the season.

January purchases

By that time the landscape may have greatly changed, with Van Gaal said to be considering moves for a number of targets, including more than one centre-back, in the January transfer window.

Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels is a name commonly bandied around when the Red Devils’ back-line is discussed, and the likes of Ryan Shawcross and Ron Vlaar have also been mentioned as viable candidates.

It could transpire that no new purchases are made in the New Year, which will help Keane’s cause no end, but that would almost certainly leave United fans questioning how Van Gaal expects to get by with the talent he currently has at his disposal.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Manchester United
Premier League

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again