Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been busy this summer identifying targets and getting them signed, well in the case of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan anyway. Paul Pogba seems to still be on United’s radar, with a move not yet complete, but close. Exits from the Old Trafford club happen every year – some have happened already, but more are expected, whether permanent switches or temporary loan deals. Will Keane, United’s 23-year-old striker could be a player about to find out what life away from Old Trafford will be like, just like his brother Michael Keane did two years ago.
Last weekend there were reports to suggest David Moyes, a former United manager now at Sunderland, would make a £6.5 million bid for Keane, but that does not seem to be the case according to Sky Sports, who say Keane is valued at £1 million by the Old Trafford club. Keane has had a turbulent few years at United, suffering from a long-term injury which kept him out for over a year, them making his comeback – seeing other teammates had already done the same or had left the club, then finding it very tough. Keane has had loan spells where he did not shine, but whilst playing for the U21 side, especially last season, something seemed to tick for him, scoring ten goals in ten appearances – five in one match.
The report suggests that Keane is wanted by five clubs, but none of them are named. It is clear that he would not have a future at the Theatre of Dreams, especially this season where he would be up against Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford, not to mention James Wilson, who looks set to be sent on loan for the entire season in order to gain the experience needed to break through into the first team in the future, possibly next season. Keane has spent time on loan with Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield United over the past three seasons, not showing lighting up the pitch at any of the clubs.
Around two weeks ago, Keane played for United in their pre-season friendly against Wigan Athletic, scoring once in the 2-0 victory. He was part of the travelling squad for the pre-season tour of China. United played Borussia Dortmund in which they were beaten 4-1, with Keane one of the two unused substitutes who might have had some game time against Manchester City a few days later, but the match was called off. The future for Keane at United does not look all that great, with a move on the cards. If he never suffered that devastating injury a few years ago, he might be a player that may have already secured his future at the Old Trafford club. I am sure if his future lies permanently away from United, he will do well, but where seems to be the main question here.