Thriving under Sean Dyche at Burnley, impressing Gareth Southgate, and with an FA Cup tie against Lincoln on Saturday, Keane speaks about leaving his boyhood club and the bond with his twin brother Will, now of Hull City
“I always felt I would be a Manchester United player,” Michael Keane says of the circumstances that explain why a player Sir Alex Ferguson, and many others at Old Trafford, regarded as one of their great hopes is now in the claret and blue of Burnley. “The coaches used to say to me that sometimes they would send other players out on loan to help them get a move but that was never the case with me. They saw it as experience for me because they thought I was good enough to get in the first team when I came back. But then obviously Sir Alex left and it all changed.”
For Keane, one of the players prominently in Gareth Southgate’s thoughts, there will always be a tinge of regret about what happened next, even if this talented, ambitious centre-half is also keen to emphasise how the move to Turf Moor has helped all that rich potential to flower.
It’s a special bond [with twin brother Will], like best friends, and weird things do happen. We might speak at exactly the same time and say exactly the same thing – little things like that.