Michael Keane set for loan move to Cardiff City

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Michael Keane may well have a bright future at Manchester United but his Old Trafford career will have to be put on hold, as Louis van Gaal wants to send him out on loan once more.

According to sources in Wales the Dutchman is keen to have his prodigal centre-back join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Cardiff City for the duration of this season, despite the fact that the 21-year-old impressed on United’s pre-season tour of the United States. It’s said that a decision will be reached today either confirming or cancelling the plans to send Keane to the Championship giants, but it’s widely expected to be the former that is agreed upon.

Van Gaal’s decision

It’s said that Van Gaal is keen to see the youngster given opportunities this term, and has identified a loan move as the perfect way to do just that without putting the pressure of being a United first-team player on his shoulders. Having consulted assistant manager Ryan Giggs the 63-year-old has resolved to send him to Cardiff where Solskjaer, who of course maintains strong links with Old Trafford, rules the roost.

Following the departure of Steven Caulker the Welsh outfit are in need of defensive additions, and Van Gaal will be comfortable in the knowledge that were he to strike a deal for Keane to join Cardiff, he would be virtually guaranteed extensive game-time.

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Keane’s development

The centre-back has played for United’s first-team before, having made three appearances in the League Cup, but the majority of his professional career to date has been spent flitting between loan spells. Leicester City, Blackburn Rovers and Derby County all gave the youngster much needed experience, and the acclimatisation to Championship football will stand him in good stead this term.

Keane himself will know that there’s scope for a position at United should he once again prove his worth whilst away from the club. The respective departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have opened the door for others to step into Van Gaal’s back-line and, whilst he is naturally looking to replace them with experienced heads, he’ll also be keeping an eye out for players who can take up their mantle in the future.

United moving forward

Whilst Keane’s exit will only be a temporary one, the same can’t be said for a number of his team-mates, who were apparently told today that they’re no longer wanted by the club. According to reports seven first-team players held talks with Van Gaal today and are now set to depart the club, including Javier Hernandez, Marouane Fellaini, Wilfried Zaha, Nani, Anderson, Rafael and Keane’s brother, Will.

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