Will Keane has returned from loan at Preston to play a part in the Manchester United first team, says the club’s Under-21s coach.
United cut short Keane’s season-long loan at Deepdale last week.
The 22-year-old striker scored two goals in 22 matches for the Championship club, but United manager Louis van Gaal has a shortage of strikers in his squad.
Keane returned to action for United in their Under-21 win over Tottenham on Monday, but could soon be playing first-team football for the club.
“I think that’s the idea of him coming back from Preston, that hopefully he’ll be involved with the first team more than the Under-21s,” United youth coach Tommy Martin said when asked if Keane would be now be pushing for a place in the first-team squad.
After being named United’s young player of the year in 2010, Keane made his first-team debut against Blackburn the following season, but has not played for the club since.
The United academy graduate missed the 2012-13 season with a knee-ligament injury and was loaned to Wigan, QPR and Sheffield Wednesday after his rehabilitation.