Keown questions United over potential defensive signing

Date published: Thursday 18th May 2017 3:07

Martin Keown is concerned that Michael Keane would face too much competition if he was to make a return to Manchester United this summer.

Keane left Old Trafford in 2014 in search of more minutes on the pitch and, after a solid season for Burnley, he has been linked with a return to his former club.

However, Keown thinks Keane could find it hard to break into the Red Devils’ first team with Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones all likely to start off ahead of him in the pecking order.

“Keane will want to fulfil the dream of playing for Manchester United that will have started when he arrived at the club as a kid and first met Sir Alex Ferguson,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“If he does not go back it will always tug at the heartstrings.

“I just hope that United are signing him for the right reasons. If he is not going to play next season then he should be allowed to continue to flourish at Burnley.

“I am concerned with the level of competition he would face at United from the likes of Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones.

“He also would have the pressure of the £25million price tag. Keane would no longer be a promising youngster coming through — the fans would be expecting to see a better player.

“But if he does play and all comes good, it would be very satisfying.”

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