Jamie Carragher believes Michael Keane would be making a “big mistake” if he was to return to Manchester United this summer.
The Burnley centre-half is attracting interest from the Premier League’s big-hitters, with Everton, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea all said to be among the England international’s suitors.
United sold Keane to Burnley in 2015, but reports this weekend suggested the Red Devils retain a buy-back option on their academy graduate.
Former Liverpool centre-half Carragher, though, has urged Keane to consider a move elsewhere, with Everton seen as the “perfect”move.
In his punditry role with Sky Sports, Carragher explained: “It’s very difficult to play for a top club at that age because you’re learning the game and still making mistakes.
“I think Burnley has been great for him but it feels like the move is going to happen in the summer. There’s talk about Manchester United; I think it would be a big mistake for Keane to go back.
“He should go somewhere as the man, the centre-back, who’s going to play every week. Would he do that for United? I’m not sure. I think Everton would be perfect.
“I just think he would still be seen as the lad who came through at Old Trafford, whereas, if he goes somewhere for £15m to £20m, he’s the big signing.
“Phil Jones, Chris Smalling would know him as the kid from the youth team. He should go somewhere as the man, the centre-back, who’s going to play every week. Would he do that for United? I’m not sure.
“There’s talk of Everton going for him. I think that’d be perfect. Yes, you want to win trophies but the main thing is to play week in, week out.”